Can one female with a telephone and a laptop computer change society?

Can One Female With A Telephone And A Laptop Computer Change Society?

The Chief Editor of Somalia’s solely all-women media workforce believes she will by applying cell journalism to collapse boundaries and open up new floor for ladies within the media

As chief editor of “Bilan”, Somalia’s first all-women, editorially impartial media unit, Fathi Mohamed Ahmed has been blazing a transcript for ladies for the reason that unit began up with assist from UNDP essentially a 12 months in the past. Boasting a string of articles in global media – such as the Guardian, BBC and El Pais – and a large following regionally, Fathi and her workforce have proven how ladies can compete at the best stage of global journalism and convey new testimonies to public consideration inside Somalia.

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They’re additionally showcasing a brand new strategy to media creation – applying cell journalism and the newest tech to get the job performed speedier, cheaper and extra effectively.

“Since the inception of Bilan Media, a year ago, we have been using advanced tools and software that have made our journalism work in Somalia easier, relying on smartphones, Mac computers, and digital audio tools for filming, editing and recording interviews,” Fathi says. “In this day and age, you don’t need huge analog cameras or an editing suite: you can get the job done on a phone and a laptop, editing as you travel, posting to social media from the road and cutting down on costs in the process.”

Digital resources and smaller tech additionally permit Bilan’s journalists to work extra safely. In Somalia, many individuals nevertheless think that journalism is a shameful career for ladies and ladies journalists can face harassment on the road.

Fathi Mohamed Ahmed, Chief editor of Bilan Media

“The use of smaller media equipment allows us to do our work without standing out too much as journalists in places where that can be dangerous. Most people are used to male reporters carrying huge equipment, like big cameras and tripods, with one reporter and other man to carry to equipment, but now one woman can do all of that with a smartphone, gimbal, and wireless mics, Fathi says. “Mobile journalism – and women journalists – are the future of media.”

Apart from the media work, Mogadishu-born Fathi is a mom of three kids, such as one born simply three months in the past, and her days commence lengthy earlier than she reaches the workplace.

 “When I awaken within the morning, I put together breakfast for my kids, fresh the dwelling, drop the young ones off at college then head to work,” Fathi explains. “Sometimes I go to work with my three-month-old son.”

This would be impossible in any other media environment, but at Dalsan TV, the media company that has partnered with UNDP to host the Bilan offices and distributes their reports locally, the Bilan team enjoys secure offices where women can work safely, without harassment and with the facilities they need to juggle the multiple commitments faced by working mothers.

In just a few months, the results have been dramatic. “With my workforce, I even have produced a spread of testimonies that in no way used to get consideration in Somalia, such as aged individuals residing with HIV, drug habit amongst younger ladies, feminine farmers learning agriculture levels, and divers extra,” says Fathi “We desire to be a voice for the unvoiced.”

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) established Bilan Media in April 2022. Staffed and run totally by ladies, Bilan produces high-quality, high-impact, authentic journalism throughout all platforms, such as tv and radio, for distribution throughout Somalia and likewise undertakes commissions for global media.

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