by Empowerhouse / Birgitte Jallov

16 women working with community radio to strengthen the voices and lives of women in their area

Fernanda Maria, Radio Liberdade, Dili, Timor Leste

Since 2016 Fernanda Maria has worked on a special programme on ‘Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls and Gender-Based Violence’ which she tells about in the podcast. Recent research documents that 60% of women in Timor Leste have been exposed to violence in their lives. The theme is a priority in Radio Liberdade.

Fernanda Maria has worked for 12 years in Radio Liberdade, a community radio in Dili, the capital of Timer Leste. Radio Liberdade works with the ‘Fundacão Media Development Centre’ to support women’s voices in the media and the voices of other underrepresented groups. Presently Maria also provides Journalism Training on Gender Sensitive Reporting

Radio Liberdade is one of some 15 community radio stations, struggling for survival, as Fernanda tells us – but she and her station have some ideas about how to turn the stations sustainable! Despite the challenges, new stations appear, not least because the spoken word is so important in a reality with and only a 60 % literacy rate.

Read more here: https://empowerhouse.dk/fernanda-maria-radio-liberdade…/


EMPOWERHOUSE lanuches its contribution to the 16-day campaign by sharing 16 women’s community radio stories: unfolding how each broadcaster has been seeing positive change for women and girls – working intensely to eliminate violence against women and girls.