The idea of Radio Mujer de Bafatá was born as part of the “Laovo Cande” project, but broadening its scope to a much broader population and focusing on its objective of making more visible and empowering the women who are the heart and, to a large extent, sustaining this country.
The station will be located in Bafatá, the second largest city in the country, with a population of about 300,000 inhabitants.
A house loaned by the governor of the region and the main PAIGC party will be the headquarters of the radio station.
The project has had the participation of Canal Sur Radio y Televisión de Andalucía and Radio Nacional de España, which have donated part of the technical means and support and advice of personnel.
In January this year, the electrification of the house that houses Radio Mujer de Bafatá will be ready, which will make it possible to launch the station.
The project will be managed by the Association Radio Mujer de Bafatá (ARAMUB) which has been set up and is ready to take over the station. The association is composed of leaders of 15 women’s organizations, elected in assembly. It has an executive of 6 women, chaired by Monde Bucket, and a board of directors made up of 15 women, one for each integrated organization.
Both the governor of the region and the Minister of Social Communication offer their support to legalize emissions.
The heads of the UN special mission in Guinea-Bissau have announced their interest in this radio project. So much so, that they have incorporated it into their annual programme for 2018, providing it with an economic allocation that would go towards training the women who take charge of the station, the purchase of sponsored spaces and training scholarships for the winners of a newly created journalism prize.
The mission’s proposal is currently awaiting UN approval in New York.
If the proposal finally receives the green light, a journalist and a technician sent by Periodistas Solidarios-APS will be in charge of giving the training financed by the UN, both to the women of the station and to other professionals from different community radio stations.
In addition, Radio Mujer de Bafatá would be commissioned by the UN to produce gender content for broadcast by the country’s network of community radio stations, also with United Nations funding.
Finally, the UN has planned to award a prize for journalism, with modalities of press, radio, television and internet, whose winners would receive a scholarship for training in Andalusia, supervised by Journalists Solidarity-APS.
In this way, Radio Mujer de Bafatá would not only be the region’s women’s radio station, which in itself would be hugely innovative, but also a source of irradiation for women’s leadership throughout the country and an experience that could be exported to other parts of Africa.