The online working group for female journalists from Afghanistan and beyond will continue this year as well.


Every 2 weeks, 2 hours


with Somaia Valizadeh, Sabine Küper-Büsch, Maela Sanmartin Rodriguez and Raihana Rasoly


Number of participants: 18 female


We are looking for female participants, foremost in Afghanistan and Turkey, with and without journalistic experiences. Ideal participants would have several of these qualities: – Experience, interest or enthusiasm about video, filmmaking and journalism – Passion for social justice, equality, and human rights, wellbeing, and democratic processes.


The next online session will take place on July 7 on ZOOM between 3:00 and 5:00 pm Istanbul time.




Meeting-ID: 879 5704 2087
Passcode: 900606



This working group will help female media activists to articulate and define their individual and professional needs as independent journalists and open a platform for them to publish their work freely.


This group is an open and supportive creative space. We encourage participants to come and be bold and fearless and meet other dynamic women from across the world.


We will coach participants to visualize their own stories from start to finish conceptualizing a video, forming a crew, directing, and filming, editing, and finally screening.


A working group with a safe space for female media creatives from Afghanistan seems more important than ever, especially after the last decree by the Taliban to ban all females to being active in the voluntary sector independent of their nationality issued on December 24th.


Within this working group, the female participants will produce once a week a 10-minute video as a new YouTube format dedicated to the role of female media workers and about females in Afghanistan. These videos will not only be published on YouTube but also streamed on the Facebook platforms of Kite Runner. In total, the participants will create 24 videos. For this creation, the participants will receive a regular remuneration.


We would love to hear what do you think about the Kite Runner Program and what do you expect from the Working Group for Female Journalists.


Please take a minute and participate into our survey!



To register for the female working group and receive regular updates, please register below:



Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker and Project Manager Kite Runner

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