FemmepowermentAfrique is a project based at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. We are analysing the impact of radio on women’s empowerment in Niger and Mali. We are working with Studio Kalangou in Niger and Studio Tamani in Mali, who are run by Fondation Hirondelle.



Project Lead

Dr. Emma Heywood is a lecturer in journalism, politics and communication at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on the role of the media, and particularly radio, in conflict-affected areas. As well as leading this project, she has also examined foreign conflict reporting of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by Russian, French and UK television news providers.


Studio Kalangou is run by Fondation Hirondelle and based in Niamey, Niger. It is an independent provider of domestic news in five languages. Studio Kalangou programmes focus on the daily life of the population in Niger and are broadcast daily by a network of 34 radio stations across Niger. Topics covered include women, education, and politics

Foundation Hirondelle

Fondation Hirondelle is a non-profit organisation based in Lausanne in Switzerland.


It was founded in 1995 and provides information to populations faced with crisis. The aim is to empower them in their daily lives.


IMS’ regional Sahel Programme, 2018-2021, covers Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger and the fragile, conflict-ridden border zone between the three countries. Working on multiple dimensions, the programme aims to widen space for freedom of expression and enable the realisation of the SDGs through strengthening civil society and media to improve social cohesion and interregional collaboration.

Studio Kalangou

Working with the University of Sheffield