Author Archives: Mary Fafard


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July 19, 2021

A Mirror of Life Improves the Health and Wellbeing of Nigerian Women & Girls

July 19, 2021 — Throughout its broadcast, Jolokoto reached many thousands of people and had positive, lasting impacts in the lives of Nigerians — and on all life on Earth. Why Nigeria? Why Now? Nigeria is just one of 54 nations on the African continent, but as humanity...

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July 19, 2021

International Rescue Committee Casts Population Media Center for Play Well Audio Project

July 19, 2021 — Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment for social good, has been cast to create play-based, social-emotional learning content for children by the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Play Well project. The program, supported by the LEGO Foundation, will reach more than 1.5...

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Foluwakemi OgunkuaFoluwakemi Ogunkua

June 25, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Foluwakemi Ogunkua

June 25, 2021 — What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC? My name is Foluwakemi Ogunkua. I am currently the Marketing and Communications officer for Population Media Center-Nigeria. May 2021 marks my two years anniversary working for PMC. What is your favorite...

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June 11, 2021

2021 PMC CINESTORY SCHOLARSHIP WINNER ANNOUNCED

June 11, 2021 — This release was original shared on cinestory.org. The CineStory Foundation is excited to announce that writer Audrey Webb is the recipient of the 2021 Population Media Center (PMC) CineStory Scholarship for her script DEAD NAME. PMC covered the cost for Audrey’s attendance at the...

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June 4, 2021

Supporting Actors For Dramatic Change: Ethiopian Radio Listener Groups

June 4, 2021 — Since our founding, Population Media Center (PMC) has cast itself as a reliable co-star with the creative talent, mission-driven professionals, and government agencies of Ethiopia. When the National Service Radio of Ethiopia aired our first drama in 2002, it got a five-star rating from...

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Seruwooza YunusuSeruwooza Yunusu

May 20, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Seruwooza Yunusu

May 20, 2021 — We spoke to Seruwooza Yunusu this month about his acting career with Population Media Center and his love for the performing arts. What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC? My name is Seruwooza Yunusu and I am an...

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May 17, 2021

From Guatemala to Mexico: PMC Radio Show Launches in June

May 17, 2021 — Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment for social good, has announced a partnership with Radio Huayacocotla to broadcast Toma Mi Mano (“Take My Hand”) across seven Mexican states starting in June 2021. Radio Huayacocotla is an indigenous community radio station, which, according to...

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Carolyn GilbertCarolyn Gilbert

May 13, 2021

PMC Welcomes Carolyn Gilbert as Senior Program & Partnership Development Associate

May 13, 2021 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit implementing entertainment education to improve the rights of women and girls and environmental sustainability, is pleased to announce the addition of Carolyn Gilbert in the role of Senior Program & Partnership Development Associate. Gilbert’s addition to the...

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Mayan Midwives participating in the PMC trainingMayan Midwives participating in the PMC training

April 28, 2021

Empowered Women Empower Their Communities: Mayan Midwives Take to the Radio

April 28, 2021 — The midwives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala are highly regarded leaders in their community, especially in their work on reproductive and prenatal health care. Their hands-on work in health clinics put them on the front lines when it comes to enforcing or changing...

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Kathleen MogelgaardKathleen Mogelgaard

April 15, 2021

The Population Institute Appoints Kathleen Mogelgaard as the New President and CEO

April 15, 2021 — The Population Institute, Population Media Center’s sister organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Mogelgaard as President and CEO, effective May 3, 2021. She succeeds Robert Walker, who is retiring as President and CEO after working 12 years for the Institute. For...

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April 9, 2021

United States Extends Support for Radio Series on Maternal and Child Health

April 9, 2021 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Zambia has extended its support for two popular radio shows developed through the USAID Community Radio Program to help educate the public and improve the health of women and children in Zambia. Population Media Center (PMC),...

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Alfred TWAHIRWA sitting at a desk with a laptop in front of him.Alfred TWAHIRWA sitting at a desk with a laptop in front of him.

March 19, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Alfred Twahirwa

March 19, 2021 — What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC? My name is Alfred Twahirwa, but people call me Alfa. I am working for PMC as Head Writer in Rwanda. I have also worked for PMC as a scriptwriter international trainer....

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Four PMC-Haiti staff in Zoukoutaup matching t-shirts posing arm in arm and smiling.Four PMC-Haiti staff in Zoukoutaup matching t-shirts posing arm in arm and smiling.

March 17, 2021

Change Comes in Stages: Haiti Results Show PMC’s Approach Succeeds on Toughest Issue

March 17, 2021 — Powerful change takes time. Social justice requires shifting numerous aspects within our communities and within our individual perspectives. Population Media Center, a nonprofit leader in entertainment for social good, started work in Haiti in 2013 addressing many issues, including a deeply embedded system of...

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Natalia CereserNatalia Cereser

February 19, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Natalia Cereser

February 19, 2021 — We spoke to Natalia Cereser this month about her life in Guatemala, her work for PMC, and her work running a world class marketing agency. What is your name and positions with PMC and Lafábrica&Jotabequ/GREY? I am Natalia Cereser, and I am the Resident...

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February 15, 2021

On the Airwaves and in the Homes of Zambians: The Impact of Kwishilya and Sinalamba

February 15, 2021 — In 2020, two popular Zambian radio shows ended – storylines were wrapped up and characters made their final appearances to fans. Kwishilya (“Over the Horizon”) and  Siñalamba (“Breaking the Barrier”) were produced by Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment for social good. These...

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February 13, 2021

Contraceptives and Couple Communication: The Impact of Umurage 2

February 13, 2021 — PMC’s Long-Running Umurage Series Continues Across Rwanda Together with Umurage Communication for Development (UmC), PMC-Rwanda has entertained Rwandans with the popular Umurage series since 2007. The early success of Umurage Urukwiye and the importance of its messages on environmental protection and the rights of...

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January 25, 2021

Broadcast to Begin in Nepal: A New Project with UNICEF and The Kendeda Fund

January 25, 2021 — Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment for social good, has announced a partnership with UNICEF, The Kendeda Fund, and the Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) to create and broadcast a 104-episode radio show in Nepal. Capitalizing on each organization’s respective strength, the...

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Justin Mukumbuta MubitaJustin Mukumbuta Mubita

January 21, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Justin Mukumbuta Mubita

January 21, 2021 — We spoke to Justin Mukumbuta Mubita this month about his life in Zambia, his job at PMC, and the origins of his storytelling talents. What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC? My name is Justin Mukumbuta Mubita. At...

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January 20, 2021

PMC’s Pandemic Response: Burundi, Rwanda, and Haiti

January 20, 2021 — As COVID-19 spread rapidly around the world, it became clear that business could not go on as usual. At Population Media Center, we found ourselves responding on numerous fronts. First, early in the pandemic it was obvious that many issues we focus on were...

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Kamala Harris speaking during the Biden-Harris election win event.Kamala Harris speaking during the Biden-Harris election win event.

January 18, 2021

PMC Staff React to the Election of Kamala Harris

January 18, 2021 — Population Media Center is, at its core, a women’s rights organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being and status of women and girls around the world. Families, communities, and nations benefit when women have the ability to pursue their talents. Empowering women and girls is...

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January 12, 2021

What Burundians Are Saying About Agashi 3

January 12, 2021 — The Agashi series is not your average entertainment — it’s changing lives. PMC-Burundi has entertained millions of Burundians with the beloved Agashi (“Hey! Look Again!”) radio series, which started in 2014 and has been followed by two sequel programs since. The success of Agashi...

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January 4, 2021

Pre-Test: Photos of Important Kenyan Focus Groups

January 4, 2021 — At PMC, audience feedback is coveted. The insight we glean directly from our audiences is an important part of what makes our shows successful – and that includes feedback before a show hits the airwaves. In Kenya, three focus groups previewed an upcoming PMC...

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December 16, 2020

PMC Returns to Ethiopia to Address Family Planning, Gender-Based Violence, and More

December 16, 2020 — Ethiopia was the first country in which Population Media Center (PMC) broadcast long-running radio shows for social change, beginning in 2002. Now, Nekakat (“Cracked”) is live in multiple regions of Ethiopia: Amhara; Tigray; Oromia; and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNP). “The launch...

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Two UMC employees holding radios. A Umurage banner hangs behind them.Two UMC employees holding radios. A Umurage banner hangs behind them.

December 10, 2020

How Population Media Center’s Radio Drama Series Umurage Are Positively Impacting Lives

December 10, 2020 — This article was originally posted on allafrica.com John Mugabo (not real name) lives in Gasabo district. He says that Umurage (“Heritage for a Better Future”) radio drama series has helped him understand how couples should find a common ground when it comes to family...

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Ephraim Okon holding his UN Ambassador awardEphraim Okon holding his UN Ambassador award

December 8, 2020

Head of PMC-Nigeria Wins Ambassador of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Award

December 8, 2020 — Ephraim Okon has dedicated to his life to improving life in Nigeria – both in his role at Population Media Center (PMC) and as a local leader and traditional title holder in his Clan in Akwa Ibom State. In recognition of his commitment to...

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November 27, 2020

Staff Spotlight: Tharcisse Hicuburundi

November 27, 2020 — This month, we spoke to Tharcisse Hicuburundi to learn more about his life, work at PMC, and his 16-kilometer journey to work every day.  What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC? My name is Tharcisse Hicuburundi. I am...

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November 12, 2020

PMC Works in A Range of Political Environments

November 12, 2020 — A Message from Population Media Center President and Founder Bill Ryerson PMC works in many places where democracy has been destroyed. We are familiar with the playbook that stokes authoritarianism, attacks opposition, and makes it impossible or scary to vote. Nonetheless, we are able...

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November 10, 2020

The Impact of PMC’s Vencer el Miedo

November 10, 2020 — Every night 3.5 million viewers in Mexico switched their televisions to Televisa’s channel two to watch Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”). The 47-episode, award-winning show followed the stories of four women at different ages as they navigated life, love, and tough choices. The...

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November 2, 2020

Vencer el Miedo Wins Four TVyNovelas Awards

November 2, 2020 — And the winner is… Vencer el Miedo! Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”), a telenovela co-produced by Population Media Center (PMC) and Grupo Televisa, was written to make a positive impact on the lives of viewers through an engaging and emotional storyline – all while...

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PMC Staff and Katikkiro Mayica stand on steps to pose for a photo.PMC Staff and Katikkiro Mayica stand on steps to pose for a photo.

October 29, 2020

Katikkiro Mayiga urges hard work on family planning in a meeting with Population Media Center

October 29, 2020 — This article was originally posted on pmldaily.com. The Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek Charles Peter Mayiga has singled out poverty as the key issue leading to population growth in the country. Uganda has one of the fastest population growth in the world. “People who don’t...

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October 27, 2020

Staff Spotlight: Susan Jones

October 27, 2020 — We spoke to Susan Jones this month about what drew her to work at PMC and what it means to make a difference in the world “one spreadsheet at a time.” What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC?...

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October 15, 2020

PMC Celebrates Global Handwashing Day: Hygiene Education in Remote Areas

October 15, 2020 — Global Handwashing Day is an observance holiday celebrated by the Global Handwashing Partnership and other organizations – Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, UNICEF, and more – on October 15. The focus of Global Hand Washing Day 2020 is “Hand Hygiene for All.”...

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October 6, 2020

PMC Celebrates International Day of the Girl: Sangita’s Story

October 6, 2020 — Internation Day of the Girl is an observance holiday celebrated by the United Nations on October 11. This day focuses on the need to address the challenges girls face and aims to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. To celebrate...

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October 2, 2020

Confronting Crisis 2050 Panel Recap: A Dire Situation Needing Immediate Action

October 2, 2020 — On September 17, Population Media Center President and Founder, Bill Ryerson, hosted a virtual panel with registrants from 21 countries, 50 minutes of dialog, and insight from a unique array of panelists inspired by the recent film, Endgame 2050.    With a title like Endgame 2050, you might expect...

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Mary FafardMary Fafard

October 1, 2020

PMC Welcomes Mary Fafard as Digital Marketing and Advocacy Manager

October 1, 2020 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit implementing entertainment-education to improve the rights of women and girls  and environmental sustainability, is pleased to announce the addition of Mary Fafard in the new role of Digital Marketing & Advocacy Manager. Fafard’s addition to the Marketing and Communications team will be significant as PMC seeks to evolve...

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September 30, 2020

Population Media Center to Support UNFPA-UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation in 15 Countries

September 30, 2020 — Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment for social good, has received initial funding of $579,005 to support the work of UNFPA-UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. It’s expected, and already being seen, that COVID-19 increases the practice...

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September 15, 2020

Beyond The Broadcast

September 15, 2020 — PMC’s Umurage 2 (“Inheritance for a Better Future”) was broadcast on five radio stations across Rwanda, addressing family planning and couple communication, antenatal and post-natal care, adolescent sexual health, gender-based violence, and malaria. To accompany this 54-episode radio show, the PMC-Rwanda team designed numerous...

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September 1, 2020

PMC Listener Walks 104 Miles for a T-Shirt and Starts a Listening Group

September 1, 2020 — Jonas Chindamba walked 104 miles from his home village in Zambia to the Mpika Community Radio station to pick up a T-shirt representing his favorite radio show. This journey takes four days by foot and includes passage through North Luangwa National Park, home to...

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