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Enhancing Women's Role in the Media
07 September 2015

In 2011, the UNESCO Office in Ramallah supported Nisaa FM with the goal of facilitating training on radio and broad-casting techniques.
The project was funded by the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

In this project, NISAA FM aimed to increase pluralism in the Palestinian media, and to foster positive democratic debate within and across
genders on topics of public interest and on women's empowerment issues. Its target group of seven female participants, selected mainly
from rural Palestine, received training in all aspects of radio broadcasting and reporting techniques.

Because the women who underwent training came from remote parts of Palestine, they had the opportunity to report on daily news, concerns and urgent matters related to their particular community, and to women in general, thus bringing issues that are often un-reported and un-debated up for discussion across all of Palestine.

At the end of the training period, the seven trainees were able to interpret women's concerns, difficulties, expectations and aspirations and produce audio reports on these topics, thereby contributing to increasing the pluralism of voices on the Palestinian media scene. This is significant both in terms of the novel point of view that women are able to bring to topics normally covered by male reporters; but also because it allowed for the airing of local issues on a national level, increasing the connectivity between different parts of the Palestinian territories.

Three of the reporters trained in 2011 were still cooperating with Radio Nisaa in 2013, on a voluntary basis.