PMC’s Ethiopian serial drama, Sibrat (”Trauma”), is featured in this month’s edition of Harper’s Magazine.
Sibrat, Harper’s Magazine Article (PDF, 104 KB)
Sibrat (”Trauma”) is being broadcast throughout Ethiopia on the National Service of Radio Ethiopia in the Amharic language. Sibrat is a 25 minute program that airs every Sunday and Wednesday after the 21:00 news. It is repeated on FM Addis on Monday and Thursday at 15:00. The main themes of the program are female genital mutilation/cutting, gender equity, and child abuse.
Participatory Assessment of Gugar Goge, an Entertainment-Education Radio Soap Opera in Nigeria – A Qualitative Assessment Report
by Arvind Singhal, Sarah Hurlburt and Radha Vij
This report documents the results of a participatory assessment exercise conducted in Nigeria to gauge audience reception of Gugar Goge (“Tell It To Me Straight”), an entertainment-education radio soap opera produced by Population Media Center that sought to promote education for girls, the delay of marriage and pregnancies, and the adoption of family planning and maternal health services to both prevent and treat obstetric fistula. The assessment exercise, which used participatory sketching and participatory photography, aimed to assess how frequent listeners engaged with the radio programme, and how they derived personal meanings from its plot, characters, and educational messages.
For full article, visit:http://www.comminit.com/en/node/269041/38
In this announcement from Nazareth, Ethiopia, thirty religious leaders from the Afar region, representatives from the Office of the Supreme Sharia Courts, Islamic Affairs Bureau, and the Women’s Affairs Bureau of Ethiopia issued a declaration to end the practice of female circumcision, also called female genital mutilation (FGM). The declaration was issued at the end of a Population Media Center (PMC) workshop held from July 30 to August 1 in 2007, to discuss the issue of female circumcision and what religious leaders can do to help eradicate the practice. The PMC workshop was the first part of a “whole society” strategy to eradicate the practice of FGM in Ethiopia, and the Afar region in particular. PMC uses a “whole society” strategy to strengthen the impact of communication initiatives. The PMC strategy in Ethiopia includes a radio serial drama with a storyline about the risks and negative consequences of FGM.
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Female genital mutilation, also called female genital cutting, refers to the removal of all or part of the female genitalia. Despite global efforts to promote abandonment of the practice, FGM/C remains widespread in many developing countries, and has spread to other parts of the world, such as Europe and North America, where some immigrant families have now settled.
Some 3 million women and girls face FGM/C every year, while some 100 to 140 million have already undergone the practice. The majority live in 28 countries in Africa and Western Asia. The practice has also been reported among certain populations in India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
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The following chapter titled “With an Antenna We Can Stop the Practice of Female Genital Cutting: A Paticipatory Assessment of Ashreat Al Amal, an Entertainment-Education Radio Soap Opera in Sudan” was included in the spanish lanuage book “Investigación y Desarrollo.”
Ashreat Al Amal (“Sails of Hope”) was produced by Population Media Center and aired in nothern Sudan from November 2004 to June 2006. The program addressed the issue of female genital mutilation/cutting.
Download the full chapter in Spanish: Chapter on PMC’s Program in Sudan, “Investigación y Desarrollo”