Kurdistan Region launches women's issues-focused Equality Radio

The station intends to shed light on the crimes committed against women in the autonomous region and find solutions for those issues in a way that doesn't lead to more complications.
The studio of Equality Radio on the first day of broadcasting, March 8, 2022. (Photo: Erbil Governorate)
The studio of Equality Radio on the first day of broadcasting, March 8, 2022. (Photo: Erbil Governorate)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – On Tuesday, International Women's Day 2022, Kurdistan Region officials, along with US diplomats and the United Nations' Children's Fund (UNICEF), inaugurated a new radio station called Equality Radio that will focus on women's issues. 

The new media organization is being established through a $4 million grant from USAID to UNICEF. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Directorate of Combating Violence against Women will handle its management. 

Minister of Interior Rebar Ahmad took part in the inauguration ceremony along with US Consul General Robert Palladino and UNICEF representatives in Erbil. 

The radio will present 12 programs weekly, Ary Fayaq, the organization's supervisor, told Kurdistan 24 on Tuesday. 

A woman is in charge of the media's management, according to Fayaq. 

One of the radio's programs will be about gender-based violence (GBV) cases in the Kurdistan Region. The station intends to shed light on the crimes committed against women in the autonomous region and find solutions for those issues in a way that doesn't lead to more complications, according to the supervisor. 

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani reiterated his government's commitment to protecting women from violence in a speech he delivered at an event called 'Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow' organized in Erbil. 

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Additional reporting by Hazha Ghafour