I am happy that your station accommodate women like that. Women feel more comfortable in their own space. They would contribute more in programs that speak directly to their needs. That is a first step to victory because once they get used to that, there is no reason why they cannot make their mark in male dominated spheres. Take for instance farmer issues, they affect both men and women. How can radio make sure that women participate effectively?
@obolo and @hpmafaranga mentioned about reaching women at certain hours. I was reading a research report on a comparative study across three West African countries (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea) to explore the current intersection between radio, gender and information communication technologies (ICT). The research examines whether recent improvements in radio broadcast coverage and SMS technology are increasing women’s access to information and providing them with a platform that adequately meets their needs.
About women participation in radio programs this is what they discovered:
"To meet women's interests in the most effective way, not only are broadcast hours important, but also getting more women's voices on the radio. Women feel more “courage” to participate when they hear other women on a public platform. At the moment, there are too few women in radio (in some stations even the women's programme was presented by a man). Women stated that even the best-trained men could not transmit in a way that women were able to receive well. While women have a vested interest Community Radio, Gender & ICTs in West Africa, in areas such as economics and politics, they often don't chose to listen or participate in related radio programmes as they are dominated by male experts and male opinions. It is not only a question of more female presenters, but soliciting the voices and opinions of ordinary women during programmes. Radio stations need to reach out to their community and enable even the most marginalised women to have a say".
You can read more about this research here