APT partners with a number of local and national radio and TV stations to provide opportunities for our members to share and discuss their thoughts and reflections with the general public. Through this program, students have the chance to engage in open and constructive dialogues on important contemporary issues. Our media talk shows include topics such as democracy and human rights, elections and governance, corruption and rule of law, education, development and societal change. Students who are interested in participating in our media programs should contact us for more information.
Due to their major responsibilities, women play an important role in society. Although no one can deny their portion in developing, and elevating human life over the centuries. In Afghan families, women live within limits. They keep silent against injustice while this silence explains some painful facts that could not be hidden. In Afghan families, mostly men (husbands, brothers and fathers) do not let their females express their feelings, thoughts, and ideas among the family members. Even women do not have the authority to raise their children. These attitudes are usually found in families that are involved in violence. With the increase of violence and extremism in the country, most families are affected by these phenomena. For instance, adolescent sons are attracted by insurgent groups due to lack of education, and a poor economy.
According to a survey conducted on 18 February 2017 by the Central Statistics Organization, it reveals that 84 percent of Afghan women are illiterate and only two percent of women have access to higher education. This survey was conducted in 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
Based on this survey, domestic violence is still a source of major concern in Afghanistan.
For these reasons, (Afghans for Progressive Thinking) APT worked with Kilid Radio to educate uneducated women on decreasing violence in their families, increasing tolerance among families and using nonviolent communication. To do so, APT aired 40live one-hour Radio programs to ensure its effectiveness in bringing change in society. This Radio program brought many changes in different aspects of families lives such as creating a perfect relationship between mother and children, a husband with the wife and aimed to bring a harmony in lives of thousands across the country.
APT’s Radio talk shows focus on “Definition of a healthy family, four needs of children, Violence & extremism, Nonviolent communication, the Inclusive decision-making process, Identity, and Parents being a role model for their children”. All of these issues aim to raise good children in society and decrease violent – extremism in families. Furthermore, APT created two objectives which are“to empower undereducated women and provide them with the skills to create peaceful and healthy family cultures where their children’s educational, psychosocial, and physical wellbeing improve” and “to give women tools for engaging with their children, particularly adolescent sons, to encourage them to play a more positive role in their community and find a sense of belonging and purpose outside of extremist groups”.
In total through this program APT directly impacted 200 women and 7 million indirectly in 20 provinces. This included 1 million specifically in Kabul province of Afghanistan. Overall, surveys and site visits (completed by… who?) showed that 70 out of 100% of women were satisfied by this program and wanted to have more radio talk shows like this. These women explained how radio talk shows impacted some aspects of their lives, and how they could change the mentality of their children in choosing their friends and decrease their interest in finding a purpose outside of extremist groups. These women also said that after listening to this program, our relationship with our children improved compared to before the project. Another 30% of women wanted us to air themes on violent extremism as their provinces were in war zones so they wanted to be aware of other issues related to violent extremism. Hena, a mother of 3 children (2 sons and 1 daughter) from Wardak province said: “The content that is produced by APT is not enough for us; women need more themes to be focused on violent extremism. In the country, we have a lot of challenging subjects that should be aired by people in charge to educate families on how to overcome them.”
Aside from the talk shows and site visits, APT held a discussion panel to ensure its effectiveness among the society. APT mainly focused on giving awareness to those uneducated women who have an active role in raising children. The discussion panel targeted families to decrease violence and extremism in their homes.
These statistics and information show that we were very successful such that we could impact the lives of thousands of people in different aspects through this Radio program. Once again, Afghanistan needs more of such radio programs in order to decrease violence and extremism at the household level.