RadioWoman

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RadioWoman

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

In Africa women are too often denied their basic right to education due to cultural, political, religious or social barriers. A relevant example in Tanzania is women in the Maasai tribe that are often refused their right to education, forced into early marriage and child birth. In countries where there is political instability women are denied their rights due to the additional burdens women face in relocating. The Tanzanian Marriage Act of 1971 allows a girl to be married at the age of 15 by the consent of her parents unlike men who need to be 18 years to marry by law. Should parents be allowed to give consent for their daughter to marry, what type of message is this presenting, does this reinforce the exploitative custom of dowry/mahari in Africa families, if men and women in Tanzania have equal rights then why are their different age barriers for men and women to marry?
In respect of all the challenges women must face throughout their life I am proposing a new initiative named ‘RadioWoman’. Radio is a cheap, popular and widely available channel of communication and information in Tanzanian in urban and rural areas. As development actors have a wealth of experience beginning radio programmes on the development of the health and educational sectors in Tanzania and promoting human rights we seem to have forgotten about the foundation for any person to learn, speak and act: primary/basic education.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Radio is playing an increasingly important role in shaping people’s views and opinions on the African continent. Radio programs do not only entertain, but also have an important information function, raise awareness and mobilize support for certain policies and important issues related to equitable development, balancing the differences between genders, ethnic groups, urban and rural societies, etc. Proposed geographical location: - Whole Country of Tanzania Beneficiaries: - Radio audience - Audio visual professionals - All organizations that want to communicate with common people in Tanzania

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

In respect of all the challenges women must face throughout their life I am proposing a new initiative named ‘RadioWoman’. Radio is a cheap, popular and widely available channel of communication and information in Tanzanian in urban and rural areas. As development actors have a wealth of experience beginning radio programmes on the development of the health and educational sectors in Tanzania and promoting human rights we seem to have forgotten about the foundation for any person to learn, speak and act: primary/basic education. How will a woman understand a radio show about corruption in the Parliament if she never got the chance to go to primary school, how will one benefit from an anti-malaria campaign if they can’t understand the basic English or a national language being used on the radio? I propose RadioWoman as a radio station specifically for the core subjects that so many missed in their past: English, Swahili, History, Math, Science, Civics, etc. The programme will offer a flexible, at distance and mobile learning opportunity for the many women who are unable to leave their home for in person teaching and who cannot afford private tuition. There will be no tests, no teacher absences, no abuse in school, only the opportunity to learn by your own initiative.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

With the production and broadcasting of RadioWoman aims to raise awareness and stimulate the public debate on important news issues as perceived and experienced by the common Tanzanians. Because of the accessible format, the combination with radio networks and the possible wide reach the programs should be able to generate a large number of listeners throughout the country. Before actually starting producing and broadcasting in Tanzania, the following has to be achieved: 1. To assemble production teams that will have adequate capacity to produce this weekly program; 2. Finalization of the broadcasting arrangements with broadcasters; 3. Format and production plans of remainder of first calendar year programs finalized 4. To develop integral plan for listener’s participation through telephone and have at least 100,000 people “participate” in 2013. 5. To make a summary of each programs available through the internet or mobile devices with the highlights of that day;
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Other radio show programs will help in the growth and success of my program since RadioWoman is exceptional program that aim to empower women in learning and information. Therefore RadioWoman program will complement other radio shows since they are going to have empowered women listeners who were left behind for sometime since they did not how to engange themselves due to lack of education
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