On air with rural women
About the Project
All content featured in the “On air with rural women” exhibition has been collected through UNESCO’s “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” project, supported by Sweden, which aims to strengthen the capacities of local radio stations to provide marginalized populations, particularly isolated, rural and impoverished regions, with a quality and reliable access to information on issues affecting their lives.
Since 2012, the project is reinforcing the capacities of 59 radio stations from 10 African countries in total: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The project is centered on capacity-building activities and teaching long-term skills to local radio journalists, particularly on the use of ICTs to modernize the stations’ operations, improve the quality of programs and extend the geographical coverage of news sources. Training additionally focuses on the empowerment of local women through gender-sensitive programming, issues of local concern and investigative journalism, as well as on financial planning to ensure the long-run viability of the local stations.
Through a sustainable and participatory approach, thanks to mentorship and strong ownership of the outcomes by the beneficiaries, the project is providing local radio stations with the necessary tools and skills to properly inform their communities, who are in return able to make enlightened choices about their lives.