Category Archives: Success Stories

The Unexpected Can Happen When We Listen

The Unexpected Can Happen When We Listen

“It is better to be crazy than dead,” said a local Nepali woman when giving feedback to Equal Access’ CEO Ronni Goldfarb in 2003. Goldfarb was on her first trip following the launch of Equal Access’ flagship women’s and girls’ empowerment project focused on preventing HIV and the trafficking of girls. She spent several hours…

Formative Research on Re-Framing Radicalization

Re-Framing Radicalization

It’s time to disrupt the countering violent extremism (CVE) field by re-thinking how we engage individuals who land somewhere on the “radicalization” spectrum. To better understand evolving conflict dynamics and to inform the content of our Hausa-language radio platform designed to counter extremist views, Equal Access (EA) conducted baseline research across northern Nigeria, the region…

How a Devoted Messenger in Nepal Is Changing Her Community

How a Devoted Messenger in Nepal is Changing Her Community

In Nepal’s far-western region, along  the southern belt known as the Terai, a 29-year old Tharu woman makes her way eastward traveling over eight hours a day across dusty, pot-holed roads to meet with strangers. She is armed with few things. A notebook, a pen drive, a phone and her most prized possession, a Samsung…

Voices for Peace Connects Communities in the Face of Violence

Voices for Peace Connects Communities in the Face of Violence

In June 2017, a spate of deadly attacks on the Niger-Burkina Faso border shook up entire communities. The attacks, allegedly committed by violent extremist groups from Mali, occurred in spite of stringent security measures imposed by local authorities as part of a state of emergency. In response to the attacks, the Voices for Peace program…

How a Vivid Drama Is Making Young People Think Again About Migration

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Khost in Eastern Afghanistan is a province that has suffered from insecurity. There are few jobs, echoing the national unemployment average taken in 2013-2014 by the World Bank: if 1/5th of the labor force is unemployed, almost half of those who are unemployed are the youth. This is why, after finishing high school with lower…

A Rural Radio Program Is Encouraging Communities to Talk About Dowries

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Dowry-related violence against women continues to be an issue that affects many women and girls in Afghanistan. Numbers are hard to come by as disputes involving families are not usually reported. In Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report on Afghanistan, over 2,500 cases of domestic violence were reported in the first eight months of 2016,…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Fourteen| Owning Land As a Step Towards Greater Equality


A growing body of evidence shows a correlation between gender based violence and land rights.  Women who own their house or land are at lower risk for experiencing violence. One woman listened to the “Sajhedari” Radio Program (produced by Equal Access’ local partner FM stations) which was on women’s rights to co-own land with their…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Thirteen| Living Hand to Ear: Getting Information Into the Hands of Women in Chad


Ensuring access to information for women is vital for women’s empowerment, but not always simple. Women often do not own a radio of their own and are not given access to one in their homes. In order to improve the capacity of community radio stations to expand their listenership and reach more women, the PDev…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Twelve| Meet Kamal


“I am Kamal Paudel from Kapilvastu. I am a facilitator for the project ‘Change Starts at Home’. As a facilitator I, along with 10 group members meet every week and listen to the radio program ‘Samajhdari’, discuss the issues raised during the program and use those learnings in our daily life to build a strong…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Eleven| Using the Power of Words to Overcome the Power of Fists


Writing about domestic violence was an interest of Geeta Thapa. Unfortunately she never had the opportunity to attend journalism training. “I was so interested in in-depth reporting of women’s issues, especially those women who have struggled hard to change their lives. But I didn’t get the opportunity when I was learning about journalism,” she says….