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The Impact of the BBC World Service Trust's Afghan Woman's Hour - Results from a National Survey in Afghanistan

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The Impact of the BBC World Service Trust's Afghan Woman's Hour - Results from a National Survey in Afghanistan by Anurudra Bhanot and Emily LeRoux-Rutledge

In 2007, R&L evaluated the Afghan Woman's Hour (AWH), a weekly radio magazine which seeks to empower women by broadcasting programming on gender issues. Through AWH, a group of 20 BBC-WST-trained female journalists from all over the country gather original stories, conduct interviews, and record folkloric songs - contributing to the creation of 100 programmes per year. According to this 2009 report, R&L researchers suggest that, in order for AWH to help women translate their aspirations into action, it could facilitate agency by: showcasing the successes of other women in specific small-scale endeavours that could be replicated by listeners; providing practical information that will enable women to replicate what they have heard about; focusing on developing women's decision-making and leadership skills; and bringing women together into collectives to listen to the programme.