Nisaa FM: - Women in Palestine are in many respects still far from enjoying the same rights and privileges as men. Some of the challenges in the way of achieving gender equality are listed below.
- they have one of the lowest rates of labor force participation in the world
- gender-based violence and sexual harassment remains widespread across Palestine
- cultural norms, traditional gender roles
- a highly intricate and biased legal system bars women from access to justice
Adding to the list, research has shown that Palestinian women and children bear the heaviest burden of sustaining life under the ongoing occupation.
In this challenging social, political and economic context, a broad palette of Palestinian NGOs have been launched with the aim of improving the rights of women across Palestine by lobbying for gender equality, informing women about their legal rights, providing necessary refuge and counseling in cases of violence and sexual harassment, and supporting women in becoming economically independent through starting their own businesses. Nisaa FM is proud to have joined forces with leading NGOs and institutions in creating a series of programs tailor-made to address the many obstacles women face in today’s Palestine, and across the Arab world. In the spirit of Nisaa FM’s values and mission statement, these programs play a crucial role in informing, inspiring and supporting the endeavors and ambitions of Palestinian women from all parts of society.
The list of collaborations Nisaa FM has engaged in can be seen below.
Combatting violence against women
Nisaa FM hosted two symposiums during the UN Women's 16-days campaign running from November 25 to December 10 2017 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Project conducted by Radio Nisaa FM with the support of USAID to increase awareness of gender based violence (GBV) and its consequences for women, families and society. The overall goal of the project is to raise awareness of the consequences of GBV and the available possibilities for seeking legal advice and support for victims of GBV and the norms and customs that sanction GBV.
In 2015 Nisaa FM aired the show "Kafa" (Enough) funded by Representative Office of Canada to the Palestinian Authority. The show was broadcasted weekly and sought to raise awareness among Palestinian men and women of the negative consequences - social and economic - of sexual and gender-based violence. Each show had a different topic, covering the many different types of violence women are exposed to in daily life. Among the guests invited to the studios were social workers, psychologists, and legal experts. The themes discussed varied from honor killings and violence against divorced women to workplace harassment and electronic violence.
Women's empowerment and rights
A program series enhancing the participation of Palestinian women in politics and decision-making positions with the approach of the October 8 2016 election.The program was conducted in partnership with the United Nations Women’s Commission and the Central Election Commission and realised with support from the Norwegian government.
A weekly program that highlighted the legal questions and challenges men and women face in their daily lives. The program was sponsored and funded by USAID, and had been developed in collaboration with the Roles for Social Change Association (ADWAR), a Palestinian not-for-profit NGO that works for the economic, social and personal empowerment of Palestinian women. Four workshops was held across Palestine in connection with the program.
A weekly program that focused on issues important to woman in all areas of daily life. The program was developed in cooperation with the Italian Cooperation for Development, and funded by the Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA).
A segment aired during Nisaa FM’s morning show produced in collaboration with the Womanity Foundation. Purpose was to give voice to Palestinian women in the Diaspora, and empowering Palestinian women worldwide by sharing stories of their struggles and achievements.
The Womanity Foundation, in partnership with Nisaa FM and Global Production, conceived a radio fiction series to foster constructive debate on women’s empowerment in Arab-speaking countries. The series was aired between March and September 2014 and broadcast on 10 radio stations across the Arab world. The series demonstrated how fiction can be a safe and accessible method of bringing about debates on taboo subjects that challenge thinking about women’s empowerment in the Middle East.
A series of radio shows with focus on the rights of disabled women; the difficulties and challenges they face in employment, in marriage, in the political lift etc. Made in partnership with Palestinian organization working with the rights of disabled women, Stars of Hope.
Women entrepreneurs in Palestine
In the course of 51 weekly episodes, Nisaa FM put focus on entrepreneurship and leadership in Palestine with a specific emphasis on the opportunities available for Palestinian women to start their own businesses. The program was sponsored by the US Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Nisaa FM hosted a workshop in connection with the program.
A weekly one-hour program with the aim of strengthening the basic business and management skills of entrepreneurial Palestinian women. The program was funded by the Canadian Developent Fund, and developed in cooperation with the Palestinian Business Women’s Association (ASALA).
A weekly program of 10 one-hour episodes, aired 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).
2016 Training Programs
The Deutsche Welle Cooperation and Radio Nisaa FM held training sessions at the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Ramallah for eight journalist students from different Palestinian universities, including Hebron, Bir Zeit and Nablus. The students was trained to teach at the upcoming “Speak Up! Palestinian youth goes radio” summer camp which took place in the end of July 2016, aiming to increase media literacy among young Palestinians.
In cooperation with Deutsche Welle Radio Nisaa hosted a summer camp in Ramallah for young Palestinians between the age of 14-16 in July 2016. The aim was to increase media literacy among the youth.
The workshops focused on strengthening their skills to access, analyze, and evaluate how media messages affect culture and society whilst preparing for 14 weekly radio sessions which were broadcasted from August till November. The topic for each show reflected upon the main theme “Youth in the Palestinian society” and was choosen by the youth during the summer camp.
In each show experts, decision-makers, teachers, students, NGOs etc. were invited to discuss the weekly topics.