Chad: Community radio for rural women
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CTA. 2004. Chad: Community radio for rural women. ICT Update, Numéro 21. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Grâce Agouna describes how radio listening groups help women in the province of East Logone to improve their lives.
Audy Magazine, a monthly magazine for women in Chad, worked in collaboration with two local NGOs, the Centre d’Etude, de Formation et d’Appui aux Initiatives de Développement (CEFAID) and the community radio station of the Bureau d’Etudes et de Liaison des Activités Caritatives de Développement (BELACD) to help women's associations in the province of East Logone organize and facilitate community radio listening groups. In the first phase of the project, more than 60 women, representing 18 women's associations, were trained as facilitators. These associations are active in various fields, including supporting women entrepreneurs, setting up mutual aid, savings and credit schemes, and carrying out community work and literacy campaigns. During the training, the participants discussed many issues, such as the role of women in society, women and agriculture, opportunities for the development of women, and the need to encourage women entrepreneurs. All of these issues were discussed in a spirit of change. The women openly discussed their lives and the many challenges they face, in particular their exclusion from decision making and the heavy burden of working in the fields. Journalists from the BELACD radio station attended the training sessions to record the discussions. In the second phase, the project helped the newly trained facilitators to set up listening groups among members of their associations. Thanks to the GenARDIS grant, Audy Magazine was able to provide each group with a radio, enabling them to listen to the recorded discussions, which were broadcast three times week. After each broadcast, the facilitators encouraged the group members to reflect on the discussions and to suggest new topics for discussion. As women are often prevented from using the radio at home by their husbands, the listening groups offer many of them an unprecedented opportunity to listen to the radio and to discuss issues that are important to their lives. <a href=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>Grâce Agouna is Publishing Director of Audy Magazine.