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FemmepowermentAfrique is a research project led by Dr Emma Heywood based at the University of Sheffield in the UK. The project analyses the impact of radio in crisis- and conflict-affected areas with a particular emphasis on West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger) and the DRC and covers a range of themes particularly women’s empowerment, gender bias, GBV, and trauma amongst journalists. It works with a range of international academic and practitioner partners.
Recent radio partners are Studio Yafa in Burkina Faso, Studio Kalangou in Niger,Studio Tamani in Mali, and Studio Hirondelle RDC in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are run by Fondation Hirondelle.

Image: Women's listening association in Niger, initiated by the project ©EmmaHeywood



Find out about our News and new projects here

Image by Patrick Tomasso


Publications and blog posts covering our research as and when it happens



A collection of conferences and workshops we have taken part in



Some of our videos and radio appearances collected together 


Visit our blog posts which are regularly updated by the FemmempowermentAfrique team to learn more about our recent activities. 

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We are delighted to have been selected as an Impact Case Study by Elrha, our funder, having demonstrated 'successful strategies and [acting as] contextual enablers for influencing humanitarian policy, practice, knowledge, and capacity with evidence'.
Have a look at our webpage hosted by Elrha and recent blog by  our partners. 
It also shows our published research 'snapshot' highlighting our project investigating the use of radio amongst internally displaced persons in Burkina Faso during Covid-19



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