Happy Women’s Week to All!

    | March 3, 2008

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    As promised, we are pleased to bring you a special issue of FRW in honour of International Women’s Day. We hope you will find it full of materials and inspiration to help you mark the occasion at your radio organization.

    This week’s News in Review features articles by and about African women. Mahoua Hien of Radio Burkina brings us the story of an innovative Burkinabé women’s cooperative that became the first to preserve – and create an international market for – shea fruit. And from Frauke Röschlau, our correspondent in Namibia, we have the story of two women who took advantage of evolving laws to purchase land and prove that women have a place in every aspect of agriculture, from working the land to making business decisions.

    We are also pleased to highlight some past FRW news stories and DCFRN scripts on the issues and innovations of rural women. We hope that these materials help to fill your airwaves – and perhaps inspire you to uncover the stories of creative and dedicated women farmers in your area. Please remember to visit the FRW website (http://weekly.farmradio.org/) to post a comment, sharing your experiences of reporting and broadcasting around International Women’s Day!

    Finally, we want to remind you that there is still time to enter the scriptwriting competition on African Farmers’ Strategies for Coping with Climate Change. The deadline is March 15, 2008. Fifteen winners will have their script shared with the DCFRN network and receive a high quality digital audio recorder. For more information on the contest, see the DCFRN Action item below and visit: http://scriptcompetition.net/.

    Happy reading!

    -The Farm Radio Weekly Team