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Podcast Series: Men as Partners in Change

Lab Area: Girls' Education and Empowerment

Region: Asia

Categories: Child Marriage and Male Engagement

In this powerful podcast series, Sahar Education explores how boys and men can be critical allies in promoting girls’ education, rights, and empowerment in Afghanistan.

Sahar’s Men as Partners in Change Program provides boys and men the unique opportunity to engage in conversations about gender in Afghan society. Participants discuss ideas about fatherhood and caregiving, mental health and trauma, physical health, and what it takes to be a gender champion in their community. By sparking these conversations and seeding thinking, boys and men become strong gender partners in their homes and communities.

Episode Highlights:

Episode 1: Sapida Barmaki, Afghan Fellow with Sahar, talks with Men as Partner in Change trainee Sohrab about his experience as a young man in Afghanistan and why he sees engaging men as partners in change is important for his community.

Episode 2: Sapida Barmaki, Afghan fellow with Sahar, talks with Farhad Zhakfar, Men as Partners in Change’s program manager, about the changes he has seen in the lives of men who have graduated from the program. Farhad speaks specifically about course topics and how the program mirrors Sahar’s Early Marriage Prevention Program.

Episode 3: Sapida Barmaki, Afghan Fellow with Sahar, speaks with Jason, executive director of Sahar’s partner organization in Afghanistan. In this podcast, Jason shares how Men as Partners in Change complements Sahar’s other programs including Early Marriage Prevention. He also highlights the importance of working within public schools with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education.

The podcast series is available on Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Anchor.

This podcast series was produced as a learning product under the WomenStrong Girls’ Education and Empowerment Learning Lab.

Source: Sahar