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Radio Nisaa FM launched in December in collaboration with the Womanity Foundation


Started broadcasting from 96.0 FM in the Central and Northern West Bank of the Palestinian Territories

2 daily prime-time programs are launched

In November, the station’s first audience survey showed that Nisaa had gained a 2 % audience share in just a few months. Surveys also gave Nisaa FM positive feedback from women listeners


The station’s 3rd prime-time show, Nisaa Break, is added to the program schedule. It is sponsored by the US Consulate in Jerusalem

According to research by leading telecommunication provider Jawal, Nisaa FM ranked as 5th most important radio station in the West Bank, out of a total of 20

UNESCO awarded Nisaa FM a grant with the aim of training women in radio and broadcasting techniques

Maysoun Odeh Gangat, Director and founder of Nisaa FM, selected to join Synergos’ Arab World Social Innovators Program and invited to the International Conference on Women Media Leaders in Washington D.C.

Ms Gangat honored by the Palestinian Ministry of Women Affairs


Estimated audience of 126,800 listeners in a population of about 1.4 million over 18-year-olds who declare to listen to the radio

Won the Arabia Fast Growth 500 Award for fast-growing companies in 2012

Ms Gangat invited to present her commitments to training women journalists and enhancing women’s role in the media at the plenary session of the Global Clinton Initiative

MsGangat selected by Ashoka Arab World as an Ashoka Fellow

In partnership with the Womanity Foundation and Global Production, Nisaa FM conceived a radio fiction series for women’s empowerment called “Worth 100 Men”


Survey by the Arab World Research and Development Centre (AWRAD) showed

       - 9 % of respondents listening to Nisaa FM
       - All listeners believe Nisaa FM to have a positive impact on the lives of women in Palestine – 100 % of women listeners believed the same

All 11 West Bank districts and North Gaza now receive radio broadcasts

Engaged in partnerships with several international organizations on projects aiming to empower women:

       - UNESCO and the British Consulate in Jerusalem on training women reporters to host regular radio spots
       - Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on promoting women representatives in villages and municipal councils
       - USAID on developing the radio program “The Key of the Judiciary” about informing women about their legal rights 

Partnerships were embarked on with Ashoka, Open Society Foundation, and the Synergos Institute

Staff from Nisaa FM participated in an exchange of best practices with the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation, as well as media research project internships for female media and communications students at Al Quds and Birzeit Universities

Ms Gangat invited to attend the Trust Women Conference in London, hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nisaa FM the only Palestinian radio station interviewing women candidates for the 2013 municipal and local elections on a daily basis


Started broadcasting the fiction series “Worth 100 Men”, and facilitated discussions with the audience and experts on topics the series addresses

Expanded its programming with 2 new shows. The station now broadcasts 3 daily shows, 3 weekday news bulletins and 2 weekend programs

Alongside the station’s daily and weekly programs, Nisaa FM also produced a variety of focus reports in collaboration with local and international NGOs and donors. Themes covered include women entrepreneurs, family law and its effect on women, honor killings, and more

Station staff trained 48 village council representatives on how to address the media, and trained two reporters from Jerusalem

Intensively covered the 2014 war on Gaza with 5 daily reports focusing on how the conflict affected women

In cooperation with Deutsche Welle and AWRAD published a study on the role of women in Palestinian media

Facilitated workshops with journalists and civil society representatives on the role of women and gender stereotypes in the media

Nisaa FM and “Worth 100 Men” featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hourabout the work they are doing in improving women’s access to media programming in Arab countries

Ms Gangat, together with the Womanity Foundation, was selected to participate in Ashoka’s Globalized Program on media and information technology, to develop a regional scaling strategy. The Program culminated in a high-level meeting with media professionals and business consultants, co-hosted by Deutsche Welle and Ashoka in Germany

Runner-up in Gender at Work's "End Gender Discrimination Contest". 3 winners and 6 runner's-up were selected out of entries from 63 countries


Ms Gangat was nominated a Schwab Social Entrepreneur during the World Economic Forum Meeting in Amman in May 2015 for her work on Radio Nisaa. The recognition will give to Radio Nisaa significant visibility throughout the region and worldwide

Ms Gangat attended the Skoll World Forum, an annual three-day conference that highlights entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues.

Nisaa FM aired the show KAFA, which sought to raise awareness about the negative consequences –social and economic – of gender-based violence.  Among the guests invited to the studio were social workers, psychologists, and legal experts. The project, which was funded by Canada, also included two workshops in collaboration with SAWA, Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC), and the Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association (PFPPA).

Nisaa Fm aired the weekly program Yad-byad (Hand-by-hand), with the aim of strengthening the basic business and management skills of entrepreneurial Palestinian women. The program was funded by the Canadian Development Fund and conducted in collaboration with the Palestinian Business Women’s Association (ASALA).

Nisaa FM aired the weekly program Sanabel Al Ard (Fruits of the Earth) from March to May 2015. The program focused on developing the role of women in Palestine’s agricultural sector, as well as highlighting the importance of agriculture in resisting occupation of Palestinian land. Sanabel Al Ard was developed in cooperation with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC),

In cooperation with the Womanity Foundation, Nisaa FM worked on developing a regional multimedia platform called "Nisaa Network". It aims to be the first network and multimedia platform that focuses on Arab women's interests; promotes women's rights; and highlights the role of women in society through media contents that address both women and men.
The Network will entail wider broadcasting of the station’s content, as well as the creation of new management structures that encourage women to enter radio broadcasting as a profession. More information about Nisaa Network will be made available in the beginning of 2016.


On International Women's Day March 8 2016, Nisaa FM and UNESCO hosted a debate on gender equality in the Movenpick Hotel in Ramallah. Five students were invited to the panel to start the discussion led by Nisaa FM presenter Israa Obrabi. The themes discussed were gender equality, discrimination in the workplace and in academic disciplines and the need of women in senior positions.

Organized the project Speak Up! Palestinian Youth goes Radio in collaboration with Deutsche Welle. The project, which aims to increase media literacy among youth, began with a summer camp where journalist students led by a German expert taught Palestinians aged 14-16 about media and journalism. This will lead to 14 radio shows conducted by the participants on the theme “youth in Palestinian society”. The shows will air August through November 2016.