Day 3: Equal Access
November 27, 2013
Equal Access is an international social change organization that combines the power of media with community mobilization. From interview and game shows to provocative radio dramas and issue related magazine shows, Equal Access programming creates tools to empower people and their communities.
Headquartered in San Francisco, the organization works throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to produce media content as well as community engagement. Each year, Equal Access produces more than 1500 hours of radio and television content, as well as wide range of print and new media.
Samajhdari, ('Mutual Understanding') is a radio series developed by Equal Access to empower women and to promote men's participation in ending violence against women and girls in Nepal. Reaching more than a million listeners every week, Samajhdari aired from 2007 to 2010 and allowed for both women and men to simultaneously be the listeners and speakers, the changed and the 'change makers'.
Twelve community reporters, who were themselves women living with HIV, or survivors of violence against women, addressed the interconnectedness of HIV, AIDS, and violence against women in these 30 minute broadcasts that were heard weekly. The program instigated productive dialogues about sex, and taught women how to speak unhesitatingly, think critically about their rights and choices, and about the causes, consequences, and interconnectedness of the three issues.
To view more information about Samajhdari, click here. To view more groundbreaking communications tools helping to prevent violence against women and children worldwide, visit the Communications X-Change.