A film by Taraneh Salke (Afghanistan & USA/2011/15:30)
“Where Are The Men?” discusses the importance of involving men in family-planning and reproductive health for the advancement of women’s health and development in Afghanistan. Afghan women require men’s permission for the most basic activities: to leave the house, seek health care, or use contraceptives.
About Taraneh Salke
Taraneh Salke was inspired by her work with Family Health Alliance (FHA), which she founded in 2005, to create “Where Are the Men?”. FHA is a female-led nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and enhancing the health of women and families in resource-poor environments. During her work in Afghanistan, she has remained cognizant of the daily challenges unique to Afghan women. Salke knows that these challenges are partially due to the fact that men’s perspectives govern all aspects of Afghan women’s lives, including access to healthcare. She wanted to create this documentary to share their unheard voices with the world, raise awareness, and foster dialogue about possible solutions. Salke personally created a culturally appropriate and culturally-sensitive Male Involvement Program in the greater Family Planning Program for FHA. Her film highlights how men are an underutilized yet locally significant resource in the advancement of Afghan women. Her film also highlights how Afghan women must function as part of a collective to survive, which increases their reliance on men in their families and therefore any progress requires male allies.