Why Not Her Call On Irish Government to Lead Afghan Humanitarian Effort.

The devastating situation unfolding in Afghanistan is speedily becoming more deadly by the hour.

Thankfully evacuation flights have resumed from Kabul, but its’s civilians are fleeing with nowhere to go, trying to get out of the country on flights, some military-operated, to seek refuge in bordering countries and internationally.

Why Not Her along with many other organisations call on Irish Government to lead Afghan humanitarian effort.

There has been a Nationwide Call to Action. We echo that call.

Travellers enter Pakistan through a border crossing point in Chaman, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Picture: AP Photo/Jafar Khan

Over 400,000 people are displaced, female journalists are facing deadly threats, and as these ongoing tension rise, we can not forget about the Covid-19 pandemic and drought also affecting the country and its people.

The Taliban Islamic military group has returned to a position of power – and it is having life altering and dangerous effects on the women and young girls of Afghanistan who are presently being erased from their communities at an alarming rate, in short it is every woman’s worse nightmare.

Under Taliban rule, restrictions previously imposed on women, including not letting them work and girls not allowed to attend school, inevitably may return.

How can YOU help?

Sign up for petitions and campaigns to show solidarity

Petitions have been launched to show support, call for protection, and solidarity with Afghan women, men, and children displaced and fleeing the Taliban.

Click the below relief funds that we also support and do what you can:

As the crisis in Afghanistan escalates, women and girls are increasingly under attack. There has never been a more critical time to act. The next 48 hours are critical. Read on to learn how you can quickly support the Afghan Women and Girls.

Vital Voices

DONATE HERE: https://www.vitalvoices.org/2021/08/vital-voices-statement-on-the-women-of-afghanistan/

We are ramping up our efforts to support Afghan women and we need your help. We have expanded our Voices Against Violence Initiative and Urgent Assistance Fund to get immediate support out to women activists in Afghanistan on the frontlines of change and to ensure that survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices have better access to services, protection and the justice they deserve.

The next 48 hours are critical. Please join us today by giving to a special fund below and help us act quickly to support Afghan Women and Girls.

Relief for Internally Displaced Afghans

DONATE HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/f/idprelief?utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Rte 2FM Become Leading Game-changers in Irish Radio to support Female Irish Acts and Acts of Diversity

In June 2020 the Gender Disparity Data Report on Irish radio was published. It sent ripples of shock through the Music Industry as it showed the disparity that exists across the country on Irish radio towards female acts and bands. Barely any stations, bar Rte radio 1, had any kind of gender balance when it came to supporting women equally across Irish radio and some had 100% all male acts!

The study, conducted by music publicist and consultant Linda Coogan Byrne with the help of Áine Tyrrell on graphics, showed no female musicians featured in the top 20 artists played by four stations – FM104, LM FM, WLR FM and South East Radio – over the past 12 months.

Just 5% of the top 20 played artists on Today FM, Spin 103.8, Beat 102-103FM, Red FM, Cork C103, Clare FM, Cork 96FM, KCLR FM, KFM, East Coast FM, Radio Kerry, Live 95FM, Midlands radio, Shannonside FM, Spin southwest FM were female.

As and from today Aug 11th 2020, Rte 2fm have become the leading station to show solidarity and support towards its female acts and bands since the publishing of the report. They have now become the major agents of change in the landscape of Irish radio following their sister station Rte radio 1 who had 50/50 gender balance across their station in 12 month report.

Denise Chaila is the #1 most played Irish Artist on National station Rte 2fm in the last 6 weeks on its playlist

If you swipe the below image, you will see the 20% increase since June 2020, and the notable historic jump from 10% to 30% across the station in the increase of female lead acts on the heavy rotation playlist. Denise Chaila’s single ‘Chaila’ is the #1 most played song on the station by an Irish act followed by the Irish Women In Harmony cover single ‘Dreams’. This is incredible to see equality and diversity on Rte 2fm playlist!

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Adam Fogarty who is the new head of music at Rte 2fm and the presenters such as Tracy Clifford, Eoghan McDermot, Doireann Garrihy, Jennifer Zamparelli, Dan Hegarty, Stephen Byrne, Tara Stewart, Chris & Ciara and the entire crew of producers and researchers at the station for showing how the strive for Gender balance and a more equitable landscape at irish Radio can change when conscious decisions are made by the teams at Radio to support gender equality and diversity.

We hope as the agents of change lead the movement in reaching a fairer and more equitable landscape for Irish women in Music that other radio stations in Ireland will look at Rte 2fm and follow their lead and be on the right side of history and ask the question Why Not Her?