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  • on 23.03.2014
  • at 12:00 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

A weekly trek to inform women through radio 0

For the past six years, Nancy Mulenda has been a volunteer radio host of a culinary show and a program that promotes women’s voices at Radio Munku in Mbankana, a community radio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Nancy lives in Mongata city located on the national highway 1 Kinshasa-Kikwit. She travels each week 22 kilometers to be able to host these two programs. She risks the trip on a motorcycle so that she can help inform women through radio.

For Nancy, radio provides an opportunity for women to express themselves and make their voices heard. She encourages women to stand up for themselves through agricultural activities, defending their rights, being a useful citizen in society, and promoting values that help their own development and those of their family. She is often invited to other villages by local women so that they can explain their problems to her and ask for practical advice on certain issues.

According to the radio’s director, the host is obtaining good results from her work. For example, she cites the organization of women from the Batéké Plateau into numerous professional associations and stories of improved education for young girls.

The courageous volunteer explains, however, that her work is far from easy, as radical conservatives in society still have much influence over women in an environment that is attached to traditions that are sometimes outdated and hostile to change. She insists, however, that “despite the obstacles I come up against, I will continue, because I love my work.”

Source: Fondation Hirondelle 

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