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Women and Girls in Africa - A Tough Life

Liberia has a female president. Kenya’s 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate is a woman. Both are role models for thousands of African girls.

A growing number of African women is advocating for equal rights.

A growing number of African women is advocating for equal rights.

With a range of radio shows, Learning by Ear illustrates the plights and the rights of girls living outside the spotlight.
From an early age, many girls learn what it’s like to be a woman in today’s Africa: waking up early, cooking, cleaning and washing clothes are parts of everyday life. Their chances to leave this kind of life are dim. Many of them see their brothers going to school while they will never find themselves inside a classroom.

Girls have rights, too

Making girls aware of their rights is an important aspect of Learning by Ear’s shows, which are designed for both male and female listeners alike. By tuning in, they can get an idea of the potential girls have – and the potential they can develop.

A new approach

Learning by Ear isn’t a classic radio program. Instead, we offer a series of radio dramas that revolve around girls and their daily challenges. Their stories are thrilling, inspirational and sometimes even funny - but never boring.

Learning by Ear is available in six languages: English, Kiswahili, French, Hausa, Portuguese and Amharic. Learning by Ear is supported by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.

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