Category Archives: Country Programs

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…

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….

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


“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


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


“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…