12 community radio stations producers learn about women's rights in Mali

Bamako: 18 to 22 August 2014

A training workshop to promote women’s rights, in particular marginalised Malian women, helping them to voice and achieve their civil rights demands.

The core of this project relates to the fact that Mali, through its Constitution, guarantees equality for all under the law, and equal rights for women and men. However, considerable disparities remain between men and women regarding the recognition of their human rights. For example, the right of women to freedom of expression and information is neither guaranteed nor exercised. Indeed, the legal and regulatory framework governing the media, information and communication in Mali, makes no specific provision to guarantee and secure the right of women to freedom of expression and communication, and there are no provisions aimed at preventing and correcting gender inequality in women’s exercise of these rights, with fewer still in the professional framework. 

Information aimed at women lacks relevance. The media imagines, and reconstructs as it pleases, the needs and demands of women. The media is lacking in ethical reflexes in relation to its treatment of issues that affect women, their rights and responsibilities in society.

It is therefore crucial to build the capacities of the media to approach women and to find efficient ways of helping them to exercise their rights to freedom of information and expression. In doing so the media will live up to its role in transmitting high quality information to the communities it claims to serve. 

A double challenge lies in the fact that the media is itself not sufficiently well informed on these themes and is not always capable of understanding the issues of interest to women and of dealing with them in a professional way.  Nonetheless community-based media has the advantage of being at the heart of the community and this, combined with interactions in a participatory and innovative format is essential to the successful production of high quality media. Women often refuse to speak in front of the microphone due to the fear that their words may be distorted.

This is why the PIWA’s project aims to contribute to reducing these deficits through training in the oral testimony methodology, that enables community radio stations to give voice to women, on issues of interest to themselves; and to inform raise further awareness about the themes to be addressed in their broadcasts. 

The 5-day Bamako workshop trained presenters in the oral testimony technique. They will be capable identifying women’s rights violations and les incorporating them into their radio broadcasts.

12 participants will take part from 6 radio stations in Mali (3 men and 9 women) coming from the following regions: 2 participants from Sikasso, 2 from Yanfolila, 2 from Segou, 2 from Kadiolo, 2 from Mopti, and 2 from Bamako.

Over 2 months, training beneficiaries will produce programmes relating to women’s rights: its is expected that 18 broadcasts followed by 18 radio debates will be produced.

The training was carried out by the coordinator of the PIWA’s Multimedia Editorial Unit Hyppolite DOSSOU YOVO

Contact person: Fidele Guindou