Category Archives: Challenges

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

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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

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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

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“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

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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….

16 Stories in 16 Days |Nine| We Will Stop the Violence Against Us

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“In our village there used to be many incidents of violence against women.  But now we have united together against domestic violence, we have made a commitment to making our voice heard in the community, to convince people not to be violent toward women. We are going to stop the violence against us,” says listener…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Eight| How a Woman in Niger is Helping to Build Peace in Her Neighborhood

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This is a story about a Ni Ima. Ni Ima lives in a neighborhood in Niamey, the capital city of Niger. In Ni Ima’s neighbourhood, like in many neighbourhoods in Niger, there are very few social services and violence between the local youth is a common occurrence.   But this is not a story about…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Six| Susan’s Story: Advice From a Young Bride in Afghanistan

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“I am Susan from Badakhshan province but my in-laws are from Ghazni province. I was sixteen when my father got me engaged. I wasn’t happy with this decision but my father said, “this is our decision and you don’t have the right to interfere in it”, so I had to accept my father’s decision. When…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Five| YES WE WILL

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“We (women) are the hope and pride of the nation. We are the real builders and we spread the fragrance of peace all around. Education is our ornaments and the bright future is our destination. We are the beacon of hope for our country, Yes we shall rise by getting and education and YES WE…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Four| Little Things We Do Together

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In the Far-West of Nepal, women have traditionally not had a voice in their well-being and in the well-being of the greater community.  But now there is a group of women changing the story and making their voices heard!  Empowered with information produced by Equal Access on violence against women and the negative consequences of…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Three| Challenging the Dowry System in Afghanistan

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In Samangan’s mountainous landscape in northern Afghanistan, high illiteracy rates and insecurity have posed intimidating challenges to informing women and men about the importance of living free from violence. Throughout the province many women experience violence and face physical and emotional harassment from their in-laws.  One of the major causes of in-law violence against women…