Category Archives: Challenges

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


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…

16 Stories in 16 Days |Two| How I have been changed by ‘Change Starts at Home’


Change Starts at Home is Equal Access’ flagship project challenging gender norms and identities amongst couples in Nepal.  The ultimate aim of the project is to reduce interpersonal violence between couples and increase community support for violence free relationships. In today’s story we here from Ganesh, one of the Change Starts at Home facilitators who…

16 Stories in 16 Days |One|Changing Perceptions Through Mobile Theatre and Promoting Girls’ Education in Pakistan


Promoting girls’ education in Pakistan is not only contentious, it can also be highly dangerous.  But it is also vitally important. It is currently estimated that over 6.7 million children are out of school, and the majority of them (62%) are girls.  “I wanted to do something to reach directly out to schools and local…



Pictured above Sher Bahadur Nepali and Purna Kala Nepali from Daunnedvi – 2, Nawalparasi shared “‘Samajhdari’ is making your home bright and happy, by listening to each other!” To keep up to date with the project, follow us on:  

Sesame Street for those without access to TV in Afghanistan

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In Afghanistan Equal Access is working with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit arm of Sesame Street, to produce and broadcast a radio program based on the TV show for those who don’t have access to TV.  Baghch-e-Simsim (Sesame Garden) features the voices of Muppets familiar to us all from Sesame Street, as well as original Afghan…

Using Media to Promote Agricultural Practice in Western Afghanistan

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Equal Access (EA) is the communication and outreach partner on the Regional Agricultural Development Project-West (RADP-W) to Chemonics, working to improve agricultural practices in Western Afghanistan from February 15, 2015 – February 28, 2019. EA’s activities are focusing on the RADP-W target districts within the western provinces of Herat, Badghis, and Farah, with the aim…

Equal Access is Promoting Peace in Cameroon


    In December 2015, Equal Access began implementing the USAID-funded Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3), a comprehensive media and outreach project focused on empowering youth, women, and rural populations in the North and Far North regions with information, education, and practical tools to lead productive lives, while inspiring their participation within their communities. Based…

Fostering Peacebulding through Locally-driven Community Radio


Equal Access, in partnership with the US Embassy N’Djamena, is implementing the “Fostering Sustainable CVE Messaging Strategies through Locally-driven Community Radio” project with the aim to counter extremist messages in Chad. The threat of violent extremism is one of ideology and worldview, supported by a variety of drivers that can lead to radicalization and recruitment….

Engaging Nigeriens in Peaceful Elections

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With the goal of laying a foundation for peaceful and fair elections in Niger, Equal Access is working with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) on the “Engaging Nigeriens in Peaceful Elections” project. EA is leveraging our existing network of local radio partners to broadcast radio spots across 13 stations in Diffa, Agadez, and Niamey,…

Helping Girls Rise in Nigeria


Partnering with the international film project Girl Rising, which documents empowering stories of women and girls around the world, Equal Access has drawn on its experience and on-the-ground presence in northern Nigeria to successfully localize the project for a Nigerian audience. In Nigeria, as in each of the countries featured in Girl Rising, men dominate…