November 13, 2008

PROJECTS / RADIO: Empowering the Voices of Yemen’s Women and Youth (YEMEN)

Empowering the Voices of Yemen's Women and Youth

(November 12, 2008) In 2007, Yemen ranked last out of the 128 countries considered in the World Economic Forum's annual Gender Gap Index, signifying the persistence of serious gender-based inequalities.

To address these inequalities and bring women's voices to the fore, Internews Network is empowering Yemeni youth and media professionals to explore sensitive issues concerning gender, society, and human rights.

In partnership with the Yemeni Women's Media Forum (YWMF), Internews Network has begun holding a series of town hall meetings across Yemen to address these issues.  Young people and professional journalists will be trained in radio production through the project, "Yemeni Voices: Women and Youth in Support of Free Media."  The project will culminate with the production of 15 thirty-minute radio programs, which will be aired on national and mainstream media. 

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