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)