Emma Heywood Radio Journalism and Women’s Empowerment in Niger. Journalism Studies. (2020) ahead of print
The significance of radio as a provider of essential news and information in conflict-affected and fragile countries cannot be underestimated nor can its role in contributing to shifts in critical consciousness, changes in behaviour, and raising awareness amongst marginalised groups. This is particularly the case regarding the influence of radio on women’s empowerment. In Niger, women suffer from widespread gender inequality with a 75% child marriage rate, low literacy rates, polygamy and gender-based violence. The most important source of information women have is radio. This article illustrates radio’s impact on women’s rights and empowerment in the world’s poorest country. It draws on extensive fieldwork conducted in 2018–19 (workshops, semi-structured interviews and focus groups) and in-depth content analyses of women-related radio output broadcast by Studio Kalangou, a radio studio in Niger, set up in 2016 by the Swiss-based media development agency, Fondation Hirondelle. The article demonstrates how increasing and developing the targeting of radio programmes to include more women-related themes and improving the content will contribute to empowering women politically, economically and within society.
Source: Radio Journalism and Women’s Empowerment in Niger: Journalism Studies: Vol 0, No 0
Empowerhouse‘s Birgitte Jallov has made her groundbreaking study of women in (community) radio in Europe from 1983 available free online.
As she writes on the Empowerhouse’s facebook page:
We are also now linking to it on our bibliography page.
THANK YOU BIRGITTE and HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TO YOU ALL!
The 20th century was a time of rapid expansion in media industries, as well as of accelerating demands for equality and recognition for women. While women’s agency has typically been defined through the domestic sphere, the introduction of media into the home destabilised firm boundaries between public and private spheres.Gender and Media in the Broadcast Age demonstrates how women as media producers and audiences in three countries with public service broadcasters (UK, Canada and Australia) have contributed to changes in our understandings of public and private. Justine Lloyd offers a new way of understanding how tremendous changes in social definitions of gender roles played out in media forms worldwide during this period through the notion of ‘intimate geographies’. Women’s participation in media continues to be a key challenge to notions of the public sphere and the book concludes that profound changes initiated in the broadcast era are unfinished in the age of digital media. Lloyd therefore provides rich and valuable evidence of the dynamic relationship between media texts, producers and audiences that is relevant to contemporary debates about a growing gender ‘apartheid’ in a mediated culture.
Source: Gender and Media in the Broadcast Age: Women’s Radio Programming at the BBC, CBC, and ABC: Justine Lloyd: Bloomsbury Academic
You might not expect to find a radio station promoting women’s rights in the Afghan city of Kunduz – but this is precisely what Radio Roshani does.
Source: The woman who dares to run a feminist radio station in Afghanistan – BBC News
Very excited by this new exhibition set up by Jeannine Baker as part of the Connected Histories of the BBC project at Sussex University, and related to her own project at McQuarie University Working for Auntie Beeb: Australian women and gendered career pathways at the BBC
As part of the AHRC-Connected Histories of the BBC, Saturday 1st December 2018 saw the launch of the fifth in the series of BBC websites, 100 Voices that Made the BBC.
Pioneering Women is published to coincide with the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, and explores the contribution that women have made to shaping close to 100 years of British broadcasting.
The website includes a large number of clips from programmes which have not been seen or heard since they were first broadcast several decades ago. There are also numerous extracts from interviews, as well as photographs and written documents that are being made publicly available for the very first time.
Source: 100 Voices that Made the BBC: Pioneering Women – Connected Histories of the BBC
The original Lesbian Show collective, 1979. This week on FemRadio, out west coast correspondent Stacey Copeland takes us back to the early days of lesbian feminist media.
Stacey is joined by Silva Tenenbein, the founder of one of Canada’s first queer feminist radio shows, “The Lesbian Show” on Vancouver Co-Op Radio in 1979. A former university professor, queer activist, and public speaker, Silva reflects back on the early days of lesbian identity politics and the importance of feminist radio on our airwaves.
And Emily and Rae have your Canadian feminist news headlines, stuff we’re digging this week, and Toronto femme-friendly events!
Source: The Lesbian Show | femradio
Jennifer Hyland Wang (2018) Producing a Radio Housewife: Clara, Lu ‘n’ Em, Gendered Labor, and the Early Days of Radio
This article examines how the writers and publicists behind the pioneering radio serial Clara, Lu ‘n’ Em circulated representations of gendered labor in early prime-time and daytime network radio. Through their satiric impersonations of “syntax-scrambling” midwestern housewives, the careful promotion of the three young stars, and their sale of Super Suds to American housewives, they established gender norms for both the production and the consumption of commercial messages in early radio. The creative team supporting Clara, Lu ‘n’ Em helped write the script for how broadcasters and sponsors could negotiate economic pressures and cultural concerns about women’s paid work in the young medium. By embracing domesticity, the program negotiated the division then developing between prime-time and daytime programming, modeled modern consumer behavior for a mass female audience, and pledged its support for gendered spheres of labor.
This article has also been added to our bibliography.