First women’s community radio station in Jumla (Nepal)

Giving a voice to women: New radio station is force for change in empowering women

Twenty one days. That’s how long it took for a radio antenna to be transported the 360 km distance that separates the capital Kathmandu from the remote and mountainous district of Jumla in western Nepal. The two locations are divided by rolling valleys and hills, and bridges and roads that are often destroyed by monsoon rains and landslides. A group of women in Jumla waited patiently and celebrated heartily the day when the antenna finally arrived and Radio Nari Aawaaj, which means Voice of Women, could start its transmissions as the first women’s community radio station in Jumla.

Photos: © UNESCO/Terhi Ylikoski