Somalia’s first all-women media team shakes up Somali journalism

A SAFE SPACE AND EDITORIAL AUTHORITY

Somalia’s first-ever women-staffed and -led media unit is made up of six women (five journalists and an editor) and is being hosted by Dalsan Media Group — one of Somalia’s leading media houses — in specially equipped offices that occupy the entire floor of a building in Mogadishu.

TRAINING AND MENTORING FROM THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

UNDP covers Bilan’s costs and manages a comprehensive programme of training and mentoring designed in consultation with local women journalists and based on their experience of real-life challenges.

GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS

UNDP is helping Somali women and Somali stories find a global audience by working with international outlets that can feature Bilan’s work. Our first collaboration will be with a UK paper, which will run a series of stories looking at how climate change is affecting the most vulnerable in Somalia.

REDUCING HARASSMENT ONLINE

Somalia’s online environment can be toxic — especially for women, who can expect abuse whenever they do something that is traditionally viewed as a male preserve. When women journalists publish reports online, abuse often comes from male colleagues.

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.