Need: Women Advocacy Radio for Liberia
WOMEN ADVOCACAY RADIO FM 103.5: VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY
Women Advocacy Radio FM 103.5 is an independent and a non-governmental Radio Station made up of local female and international journalists that will operate independent news and information from the voices in the communities in Liberia. WARF is a non-commercial, educational radio station licensed by the Information Ministry. It will be providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media. To increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.
We seek to educate, inspire, and entertain through programming that reflects the diversity of the local community. We seek to provide a space for media access and education, placing equipment, skills, and critical tools in the hands of the community. We aim to serve with particular regard for those overlooked or under-represented by other media and to provide for the exchange of cultural and intellectual ideas and music.
Through its trustworthy radio services, Women Advocacy Radio FM will play a crucial part in rebuilding and maintain peace and reconciliation in Liberia. It is aim to strengthen and support local female victims of the war in Liberia.
Our mission is to build and support for female victims from the war in Liberia to be able to talk about issues that matters to their heart during and after the war in Liberia, using the radio and to become women radio producers and broadcasters in their communities and country. As a women radio project, we have trained female victims of the war in Liberia to approach journalism and broadcasting from a social justice framework. Liberian women who were victim of the war are hoping to improve their lives by using the air waves.
Women Advocacy Radio FM 103.5 will invites women, and also men, who “speak” to women in terms of their values, their goals and their strong sense of community, to address issues, opportunities and successes that need to be heard by a larger audience of women leaders.
Our goal is to establish an all-female victim’s radio premier station, which deals with women empowerment through education, awareness and information on gender, sexual based violence and rights related issues including elections and economic emancipation. It will also serve as an entry point to victimized women as a result of the war and widows and their children.
There are so many issues like illiteracy, diseases related to pregnancy (limited access to health services in the rural areas) and education on FGM. The producers will create radio segments, using media to give voice to local activism. It will play a vital role in building vibrant communities.
It will be the place where women are ignited, inspired and innovative in their actions, words and ability to impact positive change.
Woman Advocacy Radio FM 103.5 will offer topics of interest that affect women everyday lives, particularly pertinent to women's and girls’ sense of well-being: From healthcare, maintaining a healthy self-esteem, celebrating fitness for life, rediscovering the value of creativity, entrepreneurship, designing self-care retreats, extolling the liberation of education. Women Advocacy Radio FM has a great potential to help bring peace and reconciliation. Through programs on peaceful cohabitation, economic cooperation and sustainable development communities will be working together to improve their living conditions and reduce conflicts. Little by little the radio will build a solid reputation of its own through honest and factual reporting on local events.
This is how it will work
Train women radio producers and broadcasters go out into the community and participate in organizing/civic engagement activities—highlighting grassroots community organizing, youth activists, and peace makers.
They will be challenge to expand their understanding of social justice, democracy, inclusion, and equity.
The female victims after the conflicts in Liberia will focus on women’s right promotion, HIV rates reduction, family planning, reproductive health issues that had affected them during the war and still affecting them. We need a radio that brings out all those issues," she said. "But also to take it a step further and think how we can - not only women but also men - how we can together change the status of women and make it better."
We will develop a long-term vision for real change and that change should come from within the communities where we will be working from in Liberia. We want the station to entertain, but also empower women.
We broadcast success stories of women regionally, internationally, or locally in which they can take example from, and they know that they can do something and they can achieve something regardless of the situation.