Cohésion FM’s journey advocating for women’s rights

| December 8, 2023

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Cohésion FM radio station in Bloléquin, western Côte d’Ivoire, launched the program Les Femmes Ont Aussi un droit  (Women Also Have Rights) with grand ambitions. The team behind this program, consisting of Yves Beh BAH, Hypolite Gblaé Débasséi, and Gertrude Guéhi, aims to raise awareness and educate the audience on topics such as gender-based violence and women’s rights. The program airs every Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. (UTC), serving as a powerful channel for awareness and sparking crucial discussions on often overlooked issues.

The  Femmes Ont Aussi un droit  program is dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and promoting women’s rights, and showcases the station’s unwavering commitment to this cause. Serving as a catalyst for positive change in the community, the station shares success stories and adopts an inclusive approach.

Despite the sensitivity of the topics addressed, the program has encountered no major obstacles. Women actively participate and openly advocate for their rights. The team selects topics based on their relevance and the frequency of their occurrence in communities, inviting survivors to share their stories, and drafting scripts accordingly.

One woman who tuned in to the program while facing family discrimination said that the program acted as a mediator. This ultimately led to a peaceful resolution where she obtained her rightful inheritance. 

The program actively engages the community and survivors. Inviting participants to speak on shows and rebroadcasts ensures that their voices are heard, and regular reviews of the issues related to women’s rights strengthen women’s representation on the program . 

The program encourages men to support women’s rights by recognizing gender equality in family inheritance and being supportive during domestic difficulties. 

The program regularly reports on gender-based violence, defined as harmful acts directed against a person because of their gender identity, and encompassing both physical and psychological aspects. To assist survivors, the region covered by the station has social centres, community leaders, and law enforcement.

To expand its impact, the station aims to organize on-site consultations and public broadcasts, allowing communities to further express their needs.