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Inaugural Broadcast of Today's Woman to Focus on 'One Million Signatures' Campaign

Program will bring VOA Persian to seven and a half hours of television to Iran daily

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2007 - On Thursday, September 27, VOA's Persian News Network (PNN) launches Today's Woman, a one-hour daily television discussion program featuring influential women from around the world. The inaugural program will focus on the "One Million Signatures" campaign in Iran, a peaceful and civil effort to influence the country's Parliament to reform laws discriminating against women.

"This is an important new program, with new faces, compelling topics, and a contemporary look," said VOA Director Danforth W. Austin. "Each day we'll tackle issues that affect all women, those inside Iran as well as around the world, and broaden our viewers' horizons. It's groundbreaking."

Today's Woman will feature a pool of participants discussing and debating a full spectrum of topics, including social, medical, human rights, legal, sports, and business. The show will include international call-ins, original reports, a male perspective, and profiles of women who make a difference.

"The launch of Today's Woman will bring our expansion of VOA's Persian-language television from one hour to seven and a half hours a day," said James K. Glassman, Chairman of VOA's oversight body, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). "This is particularly impressive since we were able to accomplish this in little more than a year."

VOA has the largest combined radio and television audience of all international broadcasters in Iran, with one in four adult Iranians tuning into a VOA show at least once a week. Programs are also streamed on our website,

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

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