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Women’s radio gets UNESCO aid

The national coordinator of Women’s Community Radio in Cameroon has welcomed the US $40,000 UNESCO grant to support the leading role women play in fighting poverty, PANA reported on Friday.

The coordinator, Sophie Beyala, said the radio programmes were expected to play a major role in promoting the overall empowerment of women within their society. Programme content will focus on improving literacy, health, child-care, agricultural methods, employment opportunities, and the role of women in the development process, PANA said.

Beyala, who coordinates women’s projects at UNESCO’s Central African bureau in Yaounde, said the idea to set up the radio came after the merger of some 200 women’s associations in Mbalmayo, some 25 km south of Yaounde. She added that the money would be used to install the necessary equipment for the radio, scheduled to start transmissions in May.

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