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Burkina Faso's rural women empower themselves with radio


08 May 2012

Olivier Nyirubugara

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Thanks to radio debates, women in rural Burkina Faso are, for the first time, getting a more active role to play in their community.

Women in Gomboussougou, a village in the Centre-Sud Region of Burkina Faso, are now for the first time in their lives able to participate in debates and municipal meetings in their community. These meetings are also broadcasted by the community radio started by women’s association Pag La Yiri.

Before, it was unthinkable for women to be actively involved in their community and to participate in municipal meetings, debates and exchange of ideas. However, now they can attend any of the meetings on the agenda that is interesting to them.

The meetings are facilitated by local citizen journalists that have received training in reporting skills. All the discussions are being recorded in order to be broadcasted by Pag La Yiri radio. This is a radio station by rural women organisation Pag la Yiri, that is supported by the IICD

Burkina Faso's rural women empower themselves with radio
Image credits: IICD/ Burkina Faso's rural women empower themselves with radio

The broadcasts are in five local languages and French.

Local primary and secondary school teachers are also contributing to this radio project.

The municipal meetings and debates follow after a women week that was held in February. Listeners were invited to talk about topics related to women empowerment and gender issues in rural areas and could call to the radio station to answer quiz questions.

With the support of IICD and Dutch capacity building organisation PSO, Pag la Yiri will continue to produce targeted content for women, as well as integrating gender topics in existing programmes. 

 
Source : IICD

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