Our Voices

VOICE OF AMERICA  |  Podcast , ±27 min episodes every 1 week, 1 day  | 
Welcome to “Our Voices”. This is where African women bring the continent’s most pressing issues to the table. We’ll ask questions, share ideas, discuss solutions, and most importantly, bring your voices - Our Voices - to the conversation.

We’re bringing women’s voices to the conversation and, more than that, we’re building a community of inclusion and empowerment. We know you want to talk about the important issues of our time. And this is the place to do it. Your voice matters – every voice matters so join us in this conversation. Together, we can start transformational conversations online, in our living rooms, our communities, in our lives.

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02
SEP
2021

VOA Our Voices 335: Widows' Tears and Their Rightful Inheritance

In Africa, many widows lose their inheritance along with their spouse. It's part of traditional practices that lead to economic insecurity, stigma, and discrimination. Although Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe have passed laws in recent years to give widows what is rightfully theirs, unfortunately many countries are still lagging behind in giving them what they deserve. We'll have this and more on the next "Our Voices." 
26
AUG
2021

VOA Our Voices 334: Fact vs Fiction: Combatting the COVID-19 "Infodemic"

Countries around the world, including the U.S., are falling short of their vaccinations targets due to low uptake of vaccines. In July 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden said Facebook and other social media platforms are “killing people” by enabling the spread of misinformation about vaccine dangers and blaming twelve people know as the “Disinformation Dozen." On this week’s edition of “Our Voices,” we will look at the COVID-19 “infodemic" and how misinformation, myths and rumors about the vaccine have spread as quickly as the disease itself and break down fact from fiction surrounding the pandemic.
19
AUG
2021

VOA Our Voices 333: Women Behind Bars

According to Penal Reform International, the number of women prisoners is soaring globally, rising 50% in Asia, 24% in Africa and 19% in Central and South America. Low-level non-violent crimes amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is often linked to poverty, adultery and harsh drug policies is fueling the recent spike of female imprisonment. On this week's edition of  "Our Voices," we will look at the devastating impact incarceration has on women and why they find themselves behind bars despite calls for justice and penal reforms that address gender specific concerns.
12
AUG
2021

VOA Our Voices 332: COVID-19's Toll on Women's Well-Being

A new study shows women experienced almost three times more mental illness during the pandemic than men. Financial insecurity, hunger along with mental health were their greatest concern. On this edition of "Our Voices", we’ll take a look at how the pandemic has impacted women's psyche and how it has taken a toll on their well-being. We'll examine what causes them to worry, and what can be done about it.
05
AUG
2021

VOA Our Voices 331: African Economies and COVID-19: Recession or Recovery?

Although most African nations have been spared the levels of death and infection caused by the coronavirus in other parts of the globe; lockdowns, travel restrictions, and trade slowdown have thrown sub-Saharan Africa into a recession. On this week’s Our Voices, we take a look at the economic impact of the pandemic for African nations and the uphill battle policymakers have in improving the livelihoods of their people during these challenging times. We'll also examine other factors that have influence on their bottom-line and question if the continent is sliding into a recession or heading to recovery.
30
JUL
2021

VOA Our Voices 330: Olympics 2020: African Athletes Going for the Gold

The 2020 Olympics are finally underway in Tokyo after potentially being sidelined due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite a one year delay, the International Olympic Committee pushed forward by implementing safety measure such as mask mandates and social distancing rules to mandatory COVID testing and with no spectators in the seats for the world’s most watched international sporting event. On this week’s Our Voices, we take a look at the long road to the 2020 Olympics for African nations and introduce you to athletes from the continent who are going for the Gold in Japan.
15
JUL
2021

VOA Our Voices 329: Africa COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: To Vax or Not to Vax?

The World Health Organization says nine in ten African nations are set to miss the urgent COVID-19 vaccination goals by September 2021. Also, the United Nations noted that Africa only accounts for less than 1% of the more than 2.1 billion doses that have been administered globally. On the next Our Voices, join host Auriane Itangishaka as she questions if a heavy rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will eventually result in the uptake of doses. We'll also examine what is the position of African and donor nations as well as the general populations on the vaccine itself and why the continent is lagging behind in people getting fully vaccinated.
09
JUL
2021

VOA Our Voices 328: Women on the Frontlines Affecting Change Through Activism

Women for years have been on the frontline of movements that have affected change around the world. They have been raising their voice to a cause either by pen to paper, marching in the streets, or taking a seat -- from U.S. Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks, to Liberia’s Nobel Peace Laureates Leymah Gbowee and former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as well as Aisha Yesufu, co-founder of Nigeria’s #BringBackOurGirls and #ENDSARS supporter, to #BlackLivesMatters’ co-founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, and now 17-year-old Darnella Frazier, who recorded the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota, all these women courageously started these movements to stand against injustices and inequality. On this week’s Our Voices, we spotlight some of these women who were a catalyst of change through activism.
01
JUL
2021

VOA Our Voices 327: A Day in the Life of Refugees

On World Refugee Day in 2019, more than 75 teams of VOA visual journalists in more than 30 countries set out to capture the complexities and nuances of forced displacement around the world. Two years later, Voice of America released a 96-minute film to document the impact on displaced individuals and their destination countries, along with those who assisted their endeavors and those who got in the way. This week on Our Voices, we bring you the stories of displaced people from the African continent featured in VOA’s documentary, “A Day in the Life of Refugees.”
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JUN
2021

VOA Our Voices 326: World Refugee Day: "Together We Heal, Learn and Shine"

“Together we heal, learn and shine” is not only this year’s theme of World Refugee Day, it also carries so much hope for hundreds of thousands of people who fled their own countries for hardly habitable living conditions in foreign lands. The theme also indicates challenges on the shoulders of people who are working relentlessly for basic human rights. On this week's "Our Voices," we commemorate the lives that have been lost in war and conflicts, address existing challenges in the global refugee communities, and bring you inspiring stories from within and outside refugee camps.
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JUN
2021

VOA Our Voices 325: Rape as a Weapon of War

When most people think of war and its casualties, many think of men on the battlefield. But, unfortunately, women and girls are often victims caught in the midst of these deadly conflicts on the continent, who are often sexually assaulted and raped as a weapon of war. On this week’s Our Voices, we take a closer look at gender-based violence amid warring factions in DR Congo’s eastern province of North Kivu and Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict and examine possible reparations and humanitarian aid.
10
JUN
2021

VOA Our Voices 324: More Questions Answered One Year After the Pandemic - Part Two

Questions persist surrounding COVID-19 from how the pandemic started to how it will end. To help provide crucial information to the audience, Voice of America has held many virtual town halls by various services including Somali, Portuguese, French, and English. In Part Two of this special edition of Our Voices edition, we share more answers and advice from experts to questions posed by the audience.

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