On air with rural women
Where: Room Miró, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (7, place de Fontenoy 75007 Paris)
When: from 8 to 16 March 2018.
The exhibition is freely accessible to the public from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. upon presentation of an official ID.
Explore the exhibition
Women are twice as likely as men to be illiterate, and rural women are especially at risk. Globally, only 39% of rural girls attend secondary school, and they often suffer from lower levels of civic integration and access to information, as well as exclusion from decision-making circles. These conditions can create a cycle that compromises their ability to participate in public life and raise their concerns in democratic debate.
The inclusion of women's voices and gender-related issues in the media has the power to promote women’s empowerment by breaking the circle of inequality and dependence.
On the 8th of March, for International Women's Day 2018, UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector will present "On Air with Rural Women", an exhibition built around radio broadcasts gathered from local stations in 10 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. The exhibition will be displayed in Salle Miró at UNESCO Headquarters until the 16th of March.
Through audio, video and creative installations, the exhibition showcases how the inclusion of women's voices in radio can contribute to progress on gender issues in some of the most isolated African communities.
Listen to the testimonies of Catherine, a radio manager from a station dedicated to women, Theresia, a midwife who founded her own radio to help the community, and Busisiwe, a young radio host from an historical South African community radio station. Discover how gender is addressed on air in Rwanda, how singledom is perceived in Kenya and how Zambia is dealing with youth sexuality, all through authentic radio programmes from local stations.
All materials featured in the exhibition have been collected through UNESCO’s "Empowering Local Radio with ICTs" project, supported by Sweden, which aims to build the capacity of local radio to provide marginalized populations, particularly in remote and poor areas, with reliable and quality access to information on topics that affect their lives.
Browse the project's SoundCloud account to listen to the presentations of the radio stations, as well as some of the broadcasts they've uploaded.
Discover how, in Burundi, Radio Ijwi ry'Umukenyezi ("Voice of Women") is pushing back sexist stereotypes in its community and encouraging women to become active and independent through its broadcasts dedicated to women empowerement.
For more information about the exhibition or the project, please contact Léa Nacache (l.nacache(at)unesco.org).