Undercovered: The Arab-Language Talk Show Pushing For Gender Equality in Media

ShababUndercovered is our daily feature bringing attention to excellent reporting on women’s issues worldwide, which we feel deserves a larger audience.

This week the Women & Girls Hub profiled Jaafar Abdul Karim, the 34-year-old host of ShababTalk, a weekly Arab-language talk show with millions of viewers, which is pushing for the expansion of gender equality throughout the Arab world.

“Produced by Germany’s foreign broadcaster Deutsche Welle, ShababTalk (“shabab” means “youth” in Arabic) repeatedly angers conservative forces and government officials in the Arab region as it tackles issues like homosexuality and premarital sex,” Sandra Prufer reports.

“I believe changing the general attitude towards women will lead to a more open society where women can show their talents and capabilities. Women can travel, cover protests, hold cameras and do their job just like the men. Having female bosses in media organizations will help change this perspective. I’ve traveled to many different countries in the Arab world and talked to women everywhere, and I know they have great potential, but they are still waiting for a chance and space,” Abdul Karim said.

You can read the complete interview at Women & Girls Hub.

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