CDAC member Fondation Hirondelle has recently published a report looking at the impact of local radio use to facilitate women’s rights and empowerment in Niger. The study, conducted by Dr Emma Heywood from the Department of Journalism at the University of Sheffield, between April 2018 and July 2019 addressed the following questions:
- How are women, and women’s empowerment, represented in the discourses broadcast by Studio Kalangou?
- How is this discourse perceived by listeners and is it what they want?
- Do perceptions of empowerment in the discourses broadcast by Studio Kalangou align with those of the listeners?
- Can radio have any impact on its audience regarding women’s empowerment, and if so, what is this impact and how can it be identified and measured?
It is based on:
- A content analysis of approximately 60 hours of radio programmes broadcast in 2018 by Studio Kalangou in Niger
- A series of 40 focus groups, 20 conducted before, and 20 after, the programmes were broadcast
- Two knowledge exchange workshops in Niger with representatives from the media, civil society organisations, NGOs, and donors, held before and after the programmes were broadcast
- A third and final knowledge exchange workshop, on completion of the research.