Sahar Speaks is unique: it is the first programme of its kind to produce consistent, high-quality journalism from Afghan female correspondents in a global media outlet.

Sahar Speaks was founded in 2015, in order to equip Afghan female journalists with the skills, networking and publishing opportunities needed to give them a voice in international media. The project was developed in 2014 by British-American journalist Amie Ferris-Rotman during her John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, in response to the lack of Afghan women working for the foreign media outlets in Kabul. Our first round was successfully completed in June 2016, when the multimedia work of 12 participants was published in the Huffington Post, marking the first time a global media outlet featured the work of so many Afghan female reporters. Their compelling reportage offered an intriguing and rare glimpse into the lives of Afghan women today, stories that only Afghan women can unlock and have access to. 

  •  Since training and mentoring, it did not take long for our alumni to be recognised for their talents: they have been invited to work for The Associated Press, al Jazeera, Norwegian and German newspapers and The New York Times, amongst others. 
  • We are now recruiting mentors and inviting applicants for the second round, which will focus on visual storytelling and take place in Afghanistan in Winter 2016. After training, each participant will be paired with a mentor -- an experienced international female reporter -- and will have their work published. They will also receive a stipend, and join our vibrant networking community.  

Success is: the world hearing and reading Afghan women’s stories, in their own words, as relayed via the global press.

An entrepreneurial news project, Sahar Speaks will ideally serve as a model that can be enlarged and replicated in the future.


*Photo: Amie Ferris-Rotman