Category Archives: Country Programs

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…

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

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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

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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…

TACKLING INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE WITH THE HELP OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN NEPAL

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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:  

Northern Nigeria’s first all-Hausa TV Channel Celebrates Two Years on Air

  “AREWA24 has made us change our behaviors…” On June 28th, AREWA24 the 24/7 all-Hausa language entertainment and lifestyle satellite TV channel, launched and developed by Equal Access celebrated its two-year anniversary.  Since launching on the eve of Ramadan 2014, AREWA24 has established itself as the premier channel for authentic and homegrown Hausa content for…

AREWA24 Programming Wins Viewers’ Choice Award

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  On March 7, 2016, AREWA24’s weekly soap opera Dadin Kowa won the prestigious Viewers’ Choice Award from Africa Magic/Multichoice-Nigeria for Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series – Hausa. Executive Producer Salisu Balarabe accepted the award on behalf of the writers, actors, and directors of Dadin Kowa, as well as the rest of the Equal Access-Nigeria…

Small Steps Lead to New Opportunities for Nepali Women and Girls

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The site was only 35kms or so south east of Kathmandu, but seemed also to be from another time.  While many buildings were flattened in last year’s earthquake, the roads were already terrible and remain so today.  The soil at least is rich, and we passed field upon field full of near-ripe potatoes, wheat and…

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…