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Voice of Equality Launches in Iraqi Kurdistan

New FM station focuses on advocating for women

The Voice of Equality studio (UNICEF Iraq via Twitter)

To mark International Women’s Day, Voice of Equality launched in Erbil, Iraq, on Mar. 8, 2022, with the goal of advocating for women and adolescent girls’ well-being and empowerment.

The FM station, which broadcasts on 101.9 MHz, is run by the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s General Directorate for Combatting Violence Against Women (GDCVAW) and UNICEF with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

According to a UNICEF press release, Voice for Equality “will promote participatory approaches that aim to stimulate critical reflection on power and strengthen voice and agency and also facilitate partnerships across organizations and sectors.”

The goal is to advocate for girls and women’s empowerment, as well as to address issues of gender-based violence and violence against children.