Radio station gives women the controls

Radio station gives women the controls

Date: February 1, 2011
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A new radio station in Liberia airs national broadcasts about women’s interests and needs. It also grooms female journalists, a tall order in a country where 14 years of civil war have left women’s literacy levels lagging far behind. Women are turning to the station for help, says Estella Nelson, executive director of the Monrovia-based Liberia Women Media Action Committee, the station’s parent organisation.

One woman, for example, was initiated into the sande society-a sacred traditional society for women-and underwent forced genital mutilation. She came to the station to share her story and demand justice. Her case is presently before the court in Monrovia, says Nelson.

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