Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo

by Association des Femmes des Media du Sud Kivu (AFEM)
Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo
Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo
Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo
Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo
Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo
Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo
Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo
Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo

As part of the promotion of Congolese women, AFEM SK has just completed a research on the political participation of women in Shabunda territory we are in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC. This survey was conducted in Shabunda centerNkuluBagabo and Bangoma.
The Association of Media Women in South Kivu aims to develop an effective approach that will touch the real causes of critical positioning of women in democratic institutions and in other areas of community life. The DRC is 
among the last countries where women are represented in state institutions.

According to the coordinator Chouchou Namegabe, AFEM is proposed to achieve a participatory diagnosis in the community by organizing a survey of different social strata as all sectors of community life are marked by an imbalance of gender relations.
For her, this investigation has led to the social actors at the heart of their development by making a thorough analysis of the problem through individual interviews and focus group by then. Four categories of actors are targeted, including those of political leaders and civil society, women and men at the base.

Shabunda territory is selected because of its increased vulnerability to armed conflict and other dramas such as sexual violence and gender-based violence. It is the land that knows no intervention in most organizations due to its remoteness and inaccessibility.
AFEM looking for ways and means to achieve favorable conditions for women; at the national level as at the local level.


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A screening of two documentaries on sexual violence in South Kivu was made to scan the status of women in the territories of South Kivu province. During two hours, the actors of civil society and those politics have had a debate about the question.

The two documentaries depicting the life of women in Shabunda and Fizi. These two territories, known by most of the cases of sexual violence, have been trading this Thursday, June 7.
Listening the President of the Board of AFEM SK Jolly Kamuntu, this activity inserted through the awareness campaign to fight violence against the woman sexual violence. AFEM SK was assigned the task of making a plea to the national and international level to fight against this scourge. This campaign has as theme: "break the silence, the media against sexual violence." For many participants, the debate was good. For them, they deplore the fact that many political and military authorities are not present at this meeting.

"The presence of military and political authorities was important so that we may be edified of the recurring situation of sexual violence in the province of South Kivu." These words was said by participants in the exchange which was organized by Women's Media Association of South Kivu AFEM SK. Due to the material being processed, participants thought that it was essential to share with the military authorities, who have their office in the protection of national territory.

The two documentaries will be translated into English before their official publication.

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With the overall objective of contributing to an improvement in the participation of rural women in democracy and good governance in South Kivu, AFEM SK form 28 women leaders club members to listen from this Friday, May 11

This project directly targets rural women leaders 28 members listening clubs (including 14 trainers and 14 rural producers) and 42 local chiefs (at 6 per axis including two MPs, a customary chief, a chief administrative and politico two religious leaders ).

Since Friday, May 11, 28 rural women leaders listening club members come from seven territories of South Kivu province will be equipped on the mobilization and advocacy for greater participation of women in democracy and good governance.

For AFEM SK, the three previous projects have helped improve the quality and quantity of rural women's knowledge about their rights, democracy, good governance and gender. However, some weaknesses have been identified including the lack of control techniques for these rural women club members listening to restore or develop other peoples. The major weakness is due to low coverage of facts tending to promote or undermine democracy and good governance. This fosters impunity because many violations are silent. Dialogue between rural women and local authorities also suffer from the lack of tool that must serve as a guide and reference for the monitoring of their claims.
It is to this end that AFEM once organize training for their benefit for a few key objectives:
The improvement in quality and quantity of information available on democracy, good governance and gender within the reach of rural women in the axes of Kabare, Kalehe, Walungu, Kamituga, Uvira and Fizi Idjwi

Reducing gender-based violence in communities in the areas of Kabare, Kalehe, Walungu, Kamituga, Uvira and Fizi Idjwi.

The improvement actions of rural women club members to listen as actors of democracy and good governance in the axes of Kabare, Kalehe, Walungu, Kamituga, Uvira and Fizi Idjwi.

The increasing number of rural women club members listening in spaces customary administrative and political decision-making in the areas of Kabare, Kalehe, Walungu, Kamituga, Uvira and Fizi Idjwi on democracy, good governance, Gender and HIV / AIDS.

These projects have also helped open spaces for dialogue between rural women and local political and administrative customary. This made for rural women club members to listen to the interlocutors of local authorities about their rights and other issues related to local governance.

The radio productions (magazines, participatory programs, educational spots) in the context of these previous projects have contributed to the reduction of prejudice and stereotypes about women's participation in the management of public affairs and positive image of women in communities. Also, women in general and rural women members listening clubs in particular have they become aware of their rights and duties and gained new knowledge about responsible citizenship. Another success of the previous project is to have enabled the extension of the nuclei listening clubs, this has contributed to improving the visibility of geographic cations and contribution of AFEM-SK  to community development in South Kivu.

This training begins this Friday, May 11 and ends Monday, May 14

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AFEM SK ability rural radio stations in South Kivu
AFEM SK ability rural radio stations in South Kivu

To strengthen the capacities of its partner radio, SFCG uses the expertise of the AFEM for conducting training "in situ" for two weeks each in 4 rural community radio stations. In South Kivu radios Lemera in Uvira, APIDE in Mwenga, and Katanga radios are, Kongolo’s radio in Kongolo territory and Kasenga’radio in Kasenga territory. At the end of each of these courses: - The journalists, producers and reinforce a common understanding of the basics of journalism and radio formats - The journalists, producers will practice the concepts learned in their daily production - Journalists producers increase their interest in the subjects and themes used prompting debate on good governance principles and their implementation by the local community - Journalist producer is identified in the radio and charged for producing the specific issue of good governance. Search For Common Ground supports the communication component of a comprehensive program called IRC TUUNGANE. A project to community awareness and dissemination of good governance principles. Journalists - producing AFEM has affected the implementation of training "in situ" are Pascaline ZAMUDA and Douce Namwezi N’Ibamba.

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The sources of information, the information hierarchy, the criteria to select priority information, are among the concepts learned by the women of the media on radio journalism that on November 9th.

The women of rural and urban media learn these concepts during the second phase of training organized for them for 8 days.
According to the Trainer and Project Coordinator of the Great Lakes waves of the Institute Panos Paris Bangwene Aziza, women in South Kivu media feel a need to be trained on the basics of journalism. For her, the staffs involved, though animated in good faith applies to journalism without knowing the boundaries and rules. What is the basis of several slippages in radios? In the press, in fact, women are poorly represented until now. The result of investigations by SK AFEM in the press in South Kivu, the woman is the third of agents against the 2 / 3 that represent men. However, given the impact of the radio medium, the "product info" appears as a major issue in the march towards democracy, whether at national or local level must also promote women.

For 3 days, the women of the media can learn the techniques of harvesting and processing of information, ethics and professional ethics, standards for writing a paper, how to interview, ...

The training will be accompanied by field work and production on the themes of good governance and a course of 30 days for 6 rural women journalists who pass the test. This course will take place in three urban radios, which means 2journalists by Radio. The training will be residential for participants who come from territories.

This training is carried out with financial support from France FEI International Expertise


Les sources d’information, la hiérarchie de l’information, les critères prioritaires pour sélectionner une information,… sont parmi les notions qu’apprennent les femmes des médias sur le journalisme radio ce 09 novembre.

Ces femmes des médias ruraux et urbains apprennent ces notions au cours de la 2ème phase de la formation organisée à leur intention pour 8 jours.

Selon la  Formatrice et Coordinatrice du projet Ondes des grands-lacs de l’institut Panos Paris Aziza BANGWENE, les femmes des médias du Sud Kivu éprouvent un besoin d’être formées sur les notions de base en journalisme. Car, pour elle, le personnel engagé, quoique animés de bonne foi, s’applique au journalisme sans en connaître les contours et règles. Ce qui est à la base de plusieurs dérapages constatés dan le chef des radios. Dans les organes de presse, en effet, les femmes sont jusqu’à présent faiblement représentées. D’après les résultats de enquêtes menées par AFEM SK dans les organes de presse du Sud-Kivu, la femme représente le 1/3 des agents contre le 2/3 que représentent les hommes. Or, vu l’impact du média radiophonique, le « produit info » apparaît comme un enjeu majeur dans la marche vers la démocratie, que ce soit au niveau national ou local qui doit également promouvoir la femme.

Pendant 3 jours, les femmes des médias pourront apprendre les techniques de récolte et de traitement de l’information, l’éthique et déontologie professionnelle, les normes pour rédiger un papier, comment faire une interview,…

La formation sera accompagnée par des travaux de terrain et des productions sur les thématiques de la bonne gouvernance et d’un stage de 30 jours pour les 6 femmes journalistes rurales qui auront réussi au test. Ce stage s’effectuera dans 3 radios urbaines en raison de 2 journalistes par Radio. La formation  sera résidentielle pour les participantes qui viendront des territoires.

Cette formation est réalisée avec l'appui financier de France Expertise International FEI.


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Association des Femmes des Media du Sud Kivu (AFEM)

Location: Bukavu, South Kivu - Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Chouchou Namegabe
Project Leader:
Chouchou Namegabe
Bukavu, South Kivu Congo, Democratic Republic of the

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