Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in summer 2021, Afghan women journalists have been forced into exile, unable to move forward in their careers. Reclaiming Futures is a pilot project supporting women journalists and media employees in exile as they establish themselves in the U.S. and reclaim their professional identities.
Created in partnership with Sahar Speaks, the program supports a small cohort of Afghan women reporters and media employees. Throughout a six-month program, fellows will participate in an in-person retreat, mentorship and peer networking activities, monthly group calls, and will have the opportunity to apply for a competitive fund for reporting and professional development activities. They will also have the opportunity to meet and learn from media experts and senior journalists working in different fields.
Twelve Afghan women journalists have been selected for this program. Meet the fellows here!
Photo by Joël van Houdt for Sahar Speaks