Promoting Women Journalists in Eastern Congo

by Association des Femmes des Media du Sud Kivu (AFEM)
Those wemen in the studio
"All can change and all will change"
Soon seven other rural radio stations in four areas of South Kivu province will have well-trained female journalists on the concepts of professional journalism.
After three others who have received professional training course in Isanganiro radio in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, 7 others are in the dance.
In any case, nothing can stop AFEM promotion of women journalists, said the coordinator Chouchou NAMEGABE.
The seven rural women journalists were selected from 30 women participating journalists. currently 5 among them have a professional internship in five radios in the city of Bukavu, two of them are still unreachable.
For now, radios that form are, Maendeleo Radio, Congolese National Radio and Television RTNC and Neno la uzima Radio.
The rural stations are: Bubandana radio of Minova in Kalehe territory, Radio Communautaire Of Nyangezi in Walungu territory, le Messager radio and liberté radio both of Uvira and Ijulino radio of Ijwi territory.
This activity is within the scope of the second phase of trining and professionalism of women journalists from the association of Media Women in South Kivu "AFEM".

AFEM currently works with 350 women organized into seven community radio clubs of 50 women each. These clubs meet to discuss issues that they then produce into radio broadcasts. This provides female journalists with the opportunity and capacity to push for large community movements and peace lobbying activities.  


AFEM works with women like Alice, who was working in the mines pounding rock to find minerals. She would go into the mines with her two young children because her husband left her and she didn’t have anyone to take care of the kids. She would earn 200 Congolese francs (25 cents) for ½ gallon of rocks. Alice contracted TB and her children were chronically sick due to the air they were breathing in the mines.


While she was at home recovering from her illness, she heard about a training sponsored by AFEM in the area. She attended the training where they provided education about human rights and the Congolese law and constitution. She spoke with the director of AFEM, Chouchou, after the training to see what opportunities were possible in journalism. After attending several AFEM trainings and speaking with Chouchou, Alice decided to leave the mines and become a correspondent journalist for AFEM. Today she educates women about their rights and produces radio broadcasts for AFEM.


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Association des Femmes des Media du Sud Kivu (AFEM)

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

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