About 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. Displayed at International Women’s Day 2018 in Paris and at the European Development Days in Brussels, UNESCO’s "On Air with Rural Women" is an exhibition built around radio broadcasts gathered from local stations in 10 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
programme manager at Mama FM in Uganda, is talking about the mission of the radio station, the variety in their programming and the resulting changes she has witnessed in the community.
joined by Danielle Buise, speaks about her experience working as a radio host for Bush FM, a historical and pioneering community radio station in South Africa, located in Cape Town.
is working as a production officer and sound engineer for Radio Atlantis in South Africa. She speaks about the sexism she faces at work everyday and how people have trouble understanding that a woman can perform as well as a man in a technical position.
ounded Pambazuko FM, a community radio station in a rural region of Tanzania. After working as a midwife for many years, Theresia wanted to do something to encourage the fellow women of her community to be more creative and start their own businesses.
Working in local radio
Women participation in local radio is increasing through UNESCO’s “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” project. It encourages the inclusion of women voices in broadcasts and as correspondents. Moreover, women have the opportunity to receive training in the use of ICTs and to improve their reporting. However, they are also breaching the divide to assume positions in management, hardline broadcasting and as part of the technical team. One important spillover effect is the increasing diversity of women in local radio, which is helping to remove harmful stereotypes in broadcasting.
Find out more
Local radio stations supported by UNESCO are challenging gender norms in Africa and inspiring rural women to participate in public debate and promote their own autonomy.
The voice of women: Local radio and gender equality in Burundi
Rural women discuss how their lives have been transformed by local radio and their programs focused on gender.
Flip through the Empowering Local Radio SoundCloud account to listen to more broadcasts.
Exhibition photo gallery
See the exhibition at its opening in Paris for International Women’s Day 2018 and the European Development Days 2018 in Brussels.