I wish to apologize for being so quiet I have been attending to some domestic problems. I lost my husband who succumbed to Heart failure on 11th January and on 19th March we had his last funeral rites; so you know what it means those from the African Culture since they are the same all over.
Back to the topic.
** 1 **"How to involve women in radio programs"
It is obvious that women's empowerment and community development go hand in hand and that women's access to information is a critical requirement for development. Therefore, women empowerment can only be made possible in part through access to education (Formal or informal) where they get opportunities of accessing timely and correct information so as to be part of the Information Society so as to be able to contribute directly to critical economic, cultural and political activities.
In Africa, labour demands limit women's access to opportunities as 80% of them (Women) produce the food in Africa and it is the labour of women in the subsistence sector that secures the community of rural communities which requires them to have access to information thus radio. Therefore the radios should close that gap by offering the greatest reach and accessibility to women in-spite of their workload and lower status in the community which lowers their opportunities to interact with station management and radio content production.
Women are rarely heard on radio and they rarely have the opportunity to create their own radios and even if they do, they do not get the targeted audience like The Uganda Media Women's Association's radio "Mama FM" based here in Kampala; which not many of us women listen to! I confess, I have never listened to it during its 15 years of existence!
Radio programming should empower women by specifically focusing on gender inequality. Since it is often cited as an effective strategy to counter detrimental attitudes towards women.
Women often fear to speak out more publicly about their experiences though sometime culture also prevents them from doing so.
Women's failure to access radio and ICT denies them oracy, which is considered the "woman's" form of expression in many African cultures. Women should be enabled to re-appropriate the oral traditions for their own benefits in order to create and claim space for empowering oracy to assert their survival needs though this may take some ingenuity, considering the barriers women face when it comes to access radio and ICT.
It is of fundamental importance to invite women participation in order to sustain both programming content and the station itself.