Mightier Than the Sword is a one-hour documentary about Afghan female journalists and filmmakers and their impact on gender perceptions and gender equality. In Afghanistan, a significant advance since the fall of the Taliban has been the entry of women into the media as reporters, directors, writers, producers and poets.
Ultra-conservative and misogynist elements still prevail in Afghanistan, but media have given women the means to influence public affairs. Be it TV, newspapers, radio, YouTube or even live music concerts, media allows for the dissemination of information that speaks to women’s social, economic and political realities. All of these platforms have an impact on civil society, while challenging conservative ways of thinking. Simply being in the public eye as a TV reporter or host is, by itself, a revolutionary step forward, challenging deeply entrenched fundamentalist beliefs.
Mightier Than the Sword is also being created to show the West that, despite widespread criticism over military involvement in Afghanistan since 9/11 and deep regret over lives lost, the collective sacrifice has resulted in positive change. The steps towards a more equitable society that is embracing liberal democratic values may be small, but they are steps in the right direction.