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EA WOMEN’S VOICE TV

EA Women’s Voice TV is first and foremost an ONLINE TV.
Around EA and the world at large, women’s voices are rising – in anger, in excitement, in
demand, in support, in frustration, in joy. And as the chorus grows, the world is watching,
waiting, to learn who will respond to these voices and how. In particular, is the world listening?
Viewed through the lens of the secular world, the answer is no – women the world over and
more so in the developing countries are oppressed, silenced, unable to break a stained glass
ceiling of social and economic hierarchy.
But we invite you into a new conversation, with new perspective, to answer these crucial and
controversial questions.

EA WOMEN’S VOICE online TV Channel will seek to highlight women’s issues under different
topical issues like;

1. Women with Disability
Women and girls with disabilities: Using both – the gender and disability lens
About 650 million people in the world—or 10 percent of the world’s population— live with
disabilities, and frequently encounter a myriad of physical and social obstacles. They
often lack the opportunities of the mainstream population and are usually among the
most marginalized in society. Women face barriers to full equality and advancement
because of such factors as race, age, language, ethnicity, culture, religion or disability.
Persistence of certain cultural, legal and institutional barriers makes women and girls
with disabilities the victims of two-fold discrimination: as women and as persons with
disabilities.
Woman with disability “Girls and women of all ages with any form of disability are among
the more vulnerable and marginalized of society. There is therefore need to take into
account and to address their concerns in all policy-making and programming. Special
measures are needed at all levels to integrate them into the mainstream of
development.” International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December
Often, women with disabilities are invisible both among those promoting the rights of
persons with disabilities, and those promoting gender equality and the advancement of
women. This media section on Women with Disabilities aims to increase awareness
about the rights and the situation of women with disabilities by highlighting cases and
seeking for mitigation
Women with disability in East Africa face lots of discrimination and they do not have
equal rights to go to schools and educate themselves.
EA Women´s Voice TV raises awareness about women with disability who have success
in their lives and became as a family breadwinner (for example deaf woman working in
cafeteria, woman with CP as activist in association of disabilities etc.)
Gender perspectives on disability and the disability perspective on the situation of
women and girls with disabilities
Women with disabilities face significantly more difficulties – in both public and private
spheres – in attaining access to adequate housing, health, education, vocational training
and employment, and are more likely to be institutionalized They also experience
inequality in hiring, promotion rates and pay for equal work, access to training and
retraining, credit and other productive resources, and rarely participate in economic
decision making.
Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women is essential to the achievement
of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development
Goals. Women and girls with disabilities experience double discrimination, which places
them at higher risk of gender-based violence, sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment and
exploitation.

NB: International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December
2. Trauma healing
Women faces sometimes mental health issues, especially women how have been in civil
war in 30 years.
EA Women´s Voice TV introduces diversely about psycho social support and it will be
trauma healing program with Rowda Olad, who is one of the best known psychologists in
Somalia.

3. FISTULA
A condition that affects mainly poor rural women and girls. It means uncontrolled,
continuous leakage of urine and/or fecal matter that occurs for example aftermath of
childbirth. Fistula is caused for example by early marriage and childbirth, lack of access
to maternity care, complications resulting from obstructed labour, FGM and sexual
Violence.
There is a deep lack of awareness of what fistula is and that it can be treated. EA
Women´s Voice TV raises awareness with documentaries and debates about fistula that
causes so much shame for girls and women.
4. FGM
Female Genital Mutilation causes severe bleeding, infections, problems urinating etc.
EA Women´s Voice TV introduce the problems that FGM causes, media is the best way
to stop the harmful habitat. This will be gain with documentaries and debates.

5. SGBV
Sexual and Gender Based violence consists domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse,
trafficking, etc. WOMEN who are bold to open about their scars of physical emotional and
Sexual Abuse at experiences will start airing for the first time on EA Women’s Voice TV
channel.
What is happening to young girls and reaching out through TV discussion forums
EA Women´s Voice TV raises the awareness of women’s rights and about gender
equality.

6. Economic inequalities
● All over the world men tend to earn more than women.
● Women are often underrepresented in senior positions within firms, while
at the same time they tend to be overrepresented in low-paying jobs.
● In many countries men are more likely to own land and control productive
assets than women.
● Women often have limited influence over important household decisions,
including how their own personal earned income is spent.

7. Girl Child
Friday, 11 October International Day of the Girl Child 2019
● Before her 18th birthday, one in four girls in Kenya is already married.
● In many parts of Kenya, before girls are married, they are supposed to undergo
“female circumcision,” otherwise known female genital mutilation. This dangerous
procedure can lead to immediate infections and can later cause problems with
childbirth.
Once girls are married, they are more likely to become HIV positive. A study in
one region of Kenya showed that 33% of married girls were HIV positive, while
only 22% of sexually active unmarried girls were. https://girlchildnetwork.org/

8. Early marriages
Early marriage, or child marriage, is defined as the marriage or union between two
people in which one or both parties are younger than 18 years of age.

9. Wife Inheritance
In Kenya : Luo Wife Inheritance is a custom practiced by the Luo people of western
Kenya. In this practice, “if a man dies, one of his brothers or close relatives inherits his
widow and must meet all of her marital requirements.” The local name for the practice is
“tero” or “Tero Cholla.”
This is done without any due regard to the woman’s feelings or choices……
Wife inheritance is rampant mostly in Nyanza and Western region. Women are usually
forced to remarry to the family of the deceased. In many cases it is the brother of the
deceased who inherits the widow and provides for her.
It is a major contributor to the high rate of HIV/Aids spread in Western Kenya.

10. Ethnic Minorities etc
Minorities in Somalia
Minority groups Ethnic origin Estimated population
Bantu Bantu communities in East
and Central Africa
15% of the total 7000,000
Somali Population
Rer Hamar Immigrants from Far East
countries
0.5%
Brawan / Bravanese Arab immigrants mainly
from Yemen
0.5%
Bajuni Kswahili people from
Kenya Coast
0.2%

11. Women returning from violent extremism
Reintegrate those women who are returning from violent extremism.
EA Women Voice TV will have debates about women who are returning from violent
extremism to prevent them from re-joining extremist groups. EA WV TV seeks the ways
how women are able to reintegrate for example to the Somali society again. EA Women
Voice TV will do 12 documentary series about “Mothers of Terrorists”.

12. How to raise girl child to be powerful and independent woman
It is a huge challenge for parents to raise their daughters to become independent and
self-confident women in East-Africa where women are facing discrimination and different
challenges.
EA Women´s Voice TV will have debates about parents who have a positive perspective
for raising their daughters to become strong and confident woman in East Africa.
Different parents are joining together to share ideas and visions. In debate there might
be parents who are facing lot of pressure from their society. The parents are sharing the
experiences about how to face all challenges. Psychologist is also joining into the
conversation to share the theory of how to build girls self-esteem who will succeed in the
surrounding society.

13. Women in politics
In East Africa women’s status in political sphere has improved, for example according to
the report by the World Bank, Rwanda has 64% female representation in parliament,
Ethiopia 39% and Uganda 34%.
EA Women´s Voice TV introduces women who have succeeded in political aspect. EA
Women Voice TV concentrates personal stories about women in politics. There will be 6
series from different East African countries. In every case East African Women´s Voice
TV introduces the context of each country and the woman who has managed to become
member of the parliament.

14. Women in rural area
Women and girls living in rural areas are in worse situation than rural men or urban
women. Limited access to education, credit and healthcare are among the many
challenges women in rural area faces.
East African Women´s Voice TV is raising awareness about the barriers that women and
girls in rural area are dealing with. Though personal stories East African Women´s Voice
TV highlights the obstacles that women in rural area are facing. East African Women´s
Voice TV will have debates where women are seeking the results to improve the gender
equality and status of women in rural area.
International Day for Rural Women on 15 October
About EA Women´s Voice TV (EAWVTV)
70% of the world’s extreme poor are women. In developing countries women are
severely constrained by poverty, lack of education and illiteracy. Life is more challenging
if a woman is disabled, belongs to an ethnic minority or lives in a rural area. Woman who
don´t know how to read and wright is dependent of others help. Education and raising
awareness is the best way to improve women’s independence. Media is efficient tool for
that.

The Wali Media Production Center is empowering women by establishing East African
Women´s Voice TV. EAWV is a TV channel that deals with the issues of women in East
Africa. Women themselves are able to design, film and edit documentaries, debates and
different kind of programs for East African Women´s Voice TV channel. The Wali Media
Production Center is supposed to support women when they are publishing different
programs. The goal is to empower women to find results by creating programs that
supports their situation in East Africa, for example with debates about how women can
participate in the society, improve gender equality and share experiences with other
women in the same situation.
Involving women and hearing their own opinions is an important part of the design and
implementation of the EA Women´s Voice TV channel. Through media women get
opportunity to share their experiences and also learn from other women’s experiences
about how to deal with challenges and how to find solutions for their situation. The EA
Women´s Voice TV gives opportunity for women to influence their own demanding
position.
The EA Women´s Voice TV also reaches to women who have been excluded from
education and cannot read and write. Media is the effective way to raise the awareness
when women can’t read and women are able to get information about their rights. In East
Africa, almost every woman has access to social media, thanks to mobile telephones.
EA Women´s Voice TV broadcasts programs about six hours per day throughout East
Africa. The EA Women´s Voice TV is planned to be set up in Nairobi, Mogadishu,
Hargeisa, Addis Ababa and Asmara. EA Women´s Voice TV is publishing debates,
personal stories, news and documentaries.
The aim is to raise awareness of the rights of women in the developing countries in East
Africa and thus improve the living conditions of women in societies where the position of
women remains vulnerable.

MITIGATION TO WOMEN ISSUES
1. Women Journalists’ training
We have a programme to support women in journalism and women’s rights in media
houses through our sister company, Wali Media Production Center .
2. Linking women issues to potential donors in Europe and beyond
3. Food for thought…

What is the meaning of Center and Centre?
There is no difference in meaning between center and centre. Center is the preferred spelling in
American English, and centre is preferred in varieties of English from outside the U.S. Some
people do make distinctions between the words.
Nowadays, center is the spelling in American English; centre is preferred in Canadian, British,
Indian, and Australian English. .