Radios: A Lifeline to Safety for Nicaraguan Women

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.


In remote communities on the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, Indigenous women are in danger. They suffer from high rates of abuse at the hands of their partners. They need information on the services available to them, including safe housing. But often that information is out of reach-too far away, or written in a language they don't understand. That's why MADRE and our sister organization Wangki Tangni support women's right to a life free from violence through an innovative radio project.
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When Indigenous women living on the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua are abused, they have nowhere to turn. Living in remote and impoverished communities, they have little police protection or the resources and social support to seek help. They live distant from towns and cities, and many never had the chance to learn to read. These realities block women's access to vital information on support services that can literally save their lives.


MADRE and Wangki Tangni are leading an innovative initiative to bring radios to 115 remote Indigenous communities. What's more, programming on violence against women and human rights will be broadcast over two radio stations by MADRE-trained broadcasters. These radio programs will spread awareness and share vital information on safe housing and other life-saving services for women threatened with violence. For Indigenous women, these radios are an important lifeline to safety.

Long-Term Impact

Women in danger will find a path to safety. Indigenous women will become radio broadcasters, creating a new channel to share vital information with their communities. They will amplify the knowledge women need to combat violence and end the cycles of abuse that threaten their lives.



Organization Information

MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Yifat Susskind
New York, NY United States

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