Zarghuna Kargar

Zarghuna Kargar

I had been told by a reliable source that Zarghuna Kargar’s talk on Afghan women was a must-see. Nevertheless I could not have prepared myself for the emotive and inspirational interview by Anita Anand. Afghan-born herself, Zarghuna has worked tirelessly to give hope to the ‘voices snuffed out by oppression’ through her radio programme ‘Afghan Woman’s Hour’. Although this programme has since been cancelled by the BBC (‘a hideous crime’ according to Anand), Zarghuna shared stories collected during its broadcasting. It isn’t often that we are able to hear the experiences of Afghan women and Zarghuna has used the radio to not only enlighten the western world but also discuss taboo topics for the benefit of the Afghan people. The recorded stories, together with her own experience fleeing Afghanistan as a refugee, created an incredibly moving discussion on the plight of the women, which ended on a note of hope since women have been encouraged to speak. As Zarghuna said ‘nothing effects change like empowering women’, and there is no doubt that she is doing exactly that.