We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Listen to Nqobani Phohlo, a 13 year old young reporter from Inanda FM in KwaZulu-Natal advocating for improved services through differentiated care for transgender people. Nqobani asks for popular media to create sexual health and HIV/AIDS messaging that is inclusive regardless of your gender and sexuality. He urges for discrimination and stigma to be removed from people who identify as transgender.
“Transgender people have human rights too. They are like everyone. They shouldn’t be treated like aliens. We need to treat them with the same respect that we would give someone who is cis-gendered. Transgender people have different [healthcare] needs too. Transgender women that are sex workers are usually victims of rape and physical abuse. Stats prove that transgender people are 49 times more at risk of living with HIV versus general population…because of stigma, discrimination, GBV and social exclusion. Differentiated care...
Updates from our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo: youth reporters from Inga, near the Congo River in western DRC, have recently completed refresher radio training with our regional trainer, Joachim Ambambo.
During the training the reporters visited the village of Kinzambi, 20 km from the city of Inga to hear from the inhabitants. Here they are speaking to an elderly gentleman from the village.
The ‘Dream Achievers’ youth reporters in Qwa-Qwa have just announced the winners in their adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) regional competition, called My Body, My Rights.
Supported by Save the Children, the clinic-based youth reporter group created the competition, to learn from young people in their community what their challenges and barriers to sexual health education and services are, and to explore, discover and promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights and knowledge around teenage pregnancy.
After intense planning, with mentorship from our regional trainer Andile Msomi, the team spent a few months promoting the competition at thirteen schools in the Phuthaditjaba region, including two outreach events at schools, and produced short adverts that were aired on Qwa-Qwa Radio. A total of 84 entries were received, and after the judging process, the team hosted an outreach event on April 21st...
As Cape Town prepared to becoming the first city in the world to run out of water, there has been a big focus on the supply, demand and management of water in the city. While Day Zero, the day when the water system is predicted to run dry, has been moved, the effects of the drought are far from over.
On World Water, March 22nd, our water story produced by youth journalist Elethu Rotsho and BBC radio journalist Sophie Ribstein was featured on the BBC. “In my community, indeed people are more and more worried if all the taps run dry.” 17-year-old Elethu reports from Khayelitsha, South Africa about the extreme water crisis affecting Cape Town residents. Take a listen.
TRT World, a Turkish television channel showcasing international news, recently broadcast our latest video on gun violence in their Newsfeed show.
In an innovative live Skype interview with the television presenter, Monica Maubane and Maryann Nobele from Alexandra, South Africa shared their ideas and experiences as youth reporters tackling the topic of gun violence in their community. The video produced by our media partners, Makhulu about Alex FM youth reporters was also broadcast on the show.