WHMO Background

Human Rights Watch and Media Organization, which was previously known as Women Human Rights and Media Organization (WHMO), opened its doors in 2010 as an equal opportunity civil society and non-profit organization. Being an independent civil society and media organization, WHMO since inception has been committed to promoting human rights, peacebuilding and democratization process in Afghanistan. The main thematic areas of WHMO are as follows: (1) Media and advocacy, (2) Awareness-Raising, (3) Capacity Building Programs.

The mission of Human Rights Watch and Media Organization is to have a just and pluralistic society where human rights and especially women’s rights are recognized, protected and respected, rights of education, employment and political participation. WHMO dreams of a society where peace and security, law and order rule the hearts of the people, a society which based on tolerance and free from all sorts of violence.

WHMO has wide-ranging experience in project management, women’s capacity building, inclusive peace and security, public awareness campaigns and combatting Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Violence (DV) using various media platforms such as print media, electronic media, social media, artistic and activism. These skills have been acquired through the implementation of multiple projects in a range of sectors including human rights with women’s rights advocacy, capacity building of civil society and women’s organizations, peacebuilding process, education, vocational training, media communication, leadership, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

WHMO has more than 34 independent FM radio stations which have been working as its broadcasting radio partners and a partnership with Nye Express of CD distribution company. It has 34 volunteer local media monitor members, 8 public thought research team in 8 zones and 4 central monitoring team members. In the same time, WHMO have an electronic monitoring system, controlling the broadcasting of local radio stations through telephone. It is normally stated and believed in our circle that WHMO has the capacity and capability to successfully implement any sort of project across the country and can provide all sorts of facilities to implement the public outreach projects easily, effectively and efficiently.

The organization owns a well-equipped and well-resourced modern studio where all activities are covered with/by professional and experienced staff like journalists and development professionals. WHMO is member of the Nye Distributing Network of radio stations which has coverage in 32 provinces through local radios. WHMO has partnership with all local radio station in the country where all activities are covered by professional, experienced staff like radio and TV journalists, printing press experts and a theatre working group. So it could be said that WHMO has all sorts of facilities at hand to implement public outreach projects successfully. WHMO has volunteer local media monitor members, and also public thought research team in the zones and in the central monitoring team members.

Radio Drama Actors/Actresses:

WHMO has professional radio drama actors/actresses with strong technical media capacity to produce and record high quality radio dramas with key topics and messages in local language (Pashtu and Dari) and international language (English). Our main aim is to gather the largest and most desirable audience with our broadcast and digital platforms to enable our partners and clients to effectively promote their work and underlining mission through our products.

Radio Drama Script Writer Expert:

WHMO has robust experience in developing and producing high quality dramatic texts by Islamic experts in accordance with Islamic and humanitarian values and cultural norms. Radio drama texts are prepared for broadcasting by radio scriptwriter, Mr. Ezatullah Akbari, and Noor Muhammad Salik. Our main objective in mass media is to spread diverse nature of messages like for promoting peace and security, combating against gender based violence, gender equality, cultural norms and values through a new concept.

Street/Community Theater Groups:

WHMO possesses professional theater groups including both male and female actors who are able to perform in both local languages. Before delivering of theater, our media team identifies key messages and themes to develop a theater script, when the script is ready it is rehearsed by actors to be performed in a professional and effective way then.

Arts and Drawing Professional Team:

WHMO owns a professional and well-equipped team having hands-on experience and expertise in Arts and Drawing. To show its interest and to appreciate different paintings and artworks, WHMO has participated in different events of arts and drawings in Afghanistan so far. Our slogan is to predict your emotions with colors. Our team believes that “where the spirit is not to work with the hand there is no art”.

Electronic and Print Media Team:

WHMO has rich experience of working with electronic and print media. We have technically and professionally experts and team members across the country who have been engaged working with all kinds of media like Radio, Television and Print media. As WHMO has partnership with different kinds of media, it can effectively and successfully execute any nature of assignment across the country in desired manner.

Media advocacy and Training Team:

WHMO understands the strategic use of mass media to advance public policy initiatives for influencing policies in any sector. WHMO shifts the focus from the personal to the social, from the individual to the political, from the behavior or practice to the policy or environment. WHMO’s media advocacy and training team has the capability to accomplish any assignment successfully achieving the set goals and objectives.

Reporting and News Journalists:

WHMO has a professional and well-trained reporting and news journalists team that collect/gather information in form of text, audio, video or pictures and then process them to a news-worth form and disseminate it to the public for building their knowledge, understanding and knowhow.

Organization capability and Track Record :

WHMO has extensive experience in project management, women’s organizations capacity building, public awareness campaigns and combating Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Violence (DV), Peacebuilding. These skills have been acquired through the implementation of multiple projects in a range of sectors including Human Rights and women’s rights advocacy, capacity building of civil society and women’s organizations, education, vocational training, media communication, leadership and women’s empowerment.

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