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New magazine, TV channel give Afghan women cautious voiceAfghan women are redrawing the media landscape in the deeply conservative country with the launch of a new magazine and a television channel, risking the anger of extremists by giving their gender a glamorous voice. Beauty, cooking, health, literature: the magazine succumbs to feminine tropes, but also dives into issues such as family law reform, which has stalled in the Afghan parliament since 2008 .Women are already on the air in Afghanistan and regularly present the news. But at Zan TV they will have power.Mehria Afzal, 25, the head of the political service, expects to be "the voice of Afghan women". Digital technology provides coverage throughout the country for the channel, which employs 70 people – an all-woman editorial staff, aged between 22 and 30, and a camera woman.The technical staff of 16 people is all male, Samar said, explaining that there is a lack of women trained in such areas.
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