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Liberia tunes into women’s voices

Today the announcer has made the decision not to put into practice the script. She hesitates. Her hands grip the microphone and she or he looks lower. But her voice arrives loud and obvious.

“I hesitate to state this. I ask myself: ‘do I tell my story along with a survivor of sexual abuse?’ I wish to make use of this platform if we as heirs aren’t prepared to tell the storyline the actual way it ought to be told then individuals will n’t understand the suffering of people that experience rape.

 

“I was eight years of age after i was raped. I had been hungry and alone who had been prepared to produce food was somebody that wanted something as a swap. For the reason that exchange I lost esteem, my mental well-being and also, since i then never really saw myself as worth anything further than a plate of grain. For this reason I actually do the job which i do.”

Women’s voices and women’s issues are frequently the final around the media’s agenda-if whatsoever. But at Liberia Women Democracy Radio, 91.1 FM, ladies have been broadcasting their issues within their way since August 2010.

For that station’s founder and President from the Liberia Women Media Action Committee, Estella Nelson, women-controlled airwaves really are a effective platform for making certain women’s issues allow it to be to the national agenda.

“We happen to be striving through the years to make sure that women’s voices are increased within our governance structures and national debates. It’s an irony since i tell people, I’m not a journalist, I’m social worker, however i understand the strength of the press to create change,” she stated.

Sitting behind the microphone inside a large and modern studio is Ladymai Hunter Summon. She’s been both a producer along with a project officer since 2010.

“There are lots of problems that affect women in Liberia and until we seriously radio stations and make that much cla of awareness, decision-makers won’t hear us,” she states. “Women have to seriously radio stations and make certain their issues are broadcast for national decision-makers to do this. When we keep shying away, i then am afraid that things won’t exercise for all of us.Inches

A few of the issues around the radio’s current programme schedule are promoting for women’s propositions to become incorporated included in the constitutional review process, educating the city about violence against ladies and women, including early child marriage and also the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ladymai Hunter Summon is a producer and a project officer for Liberia Women Democracy Radio. Photo: UN Women/Stephanie Raison.

United nations Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited and it was questioned by Liberia Women Democracy Radio within their completely new galleries during her trip to Liberia on 27 Feb.

“I want to thank (Liberia Women Democracy Radio) for supplying information that is incorporated in the needs of ladies because there’s enough detailed information online that isn’t customized for ladies, specifically for women in rural areas… women require a radio station such as this,Inches stated the manager Director.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka outlined the significance of getting a women’s radio station for that approaching elections since it will give you possibilities for ladies candidates to become heard as well as for gender and women’s issues to be the campaign agenda.

Liberia Women Democracy Radio was released by Liberia Women Media Action Committee this year with support from United nations Women’s predecessor organization, UNIFEM, and funded through the Un Democracy Fund (UNDEF). This Year, when funding ended, the station adopted several methods to get sustainable as well as in 2015 gone to live in its very own building, most of which was funded through station sales.

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