We build efficient podcast-sharing networks to advance women’s rights.
Our network-building works like this:
- Each of our journalists uses a Mobile Production Unit (MPU) provided by the project to create regular podcasts.
- She establishes five Listening Centers in the farthest areas of her region, each of which is managed by a Focal Point who is paid a stipend. Focal Points are provided with equipment for playing our podcasts to groups and sharing via Bluetooth. Our broadcasting then spreads quickly into rural areas.
- Focal Points often engage her groups in discussion after playing our podcasts. When listeners suggest topics, we follow up with podcasts.
When Ebola ravaged Sierra Leone, we were there — in the right place, at the right time, with the right information to help women navigate the crisis.
In 2015 we received international recognition from UNESCO and UN Women.
In 2016, we received full funding to create a pilot podcast in the DRC that tells the stories of ordinary Congolese women who do extraordinary things.
In 2016 we were selected by Reuters Foundation for their "Trust Law" pro bono legal services program to support our growth as an international non-profit organization.
In 2017 we transferred our distribution model to the DRC by sending a key Congolese journalist to work alongside our Sierra Leonean team.
Our evaluations show that women and girls are eager to use our information services, and most listeners are able to recount information they learned from the programs and offer examples of how this knowledge has positively affected their behavior.
We are well prepared to expand our existing operations into nationwide communication networks in the two countries where we have proven our concept.