Radio is changing hearts and helping women
Thirty five percent of Indian women aged 15-49 experience physical and sexual violence in their lifetime.
In India, violence against women means female foeticide and infanticide, neglect of girl children, physical and sexual abuse, child marriage, forced prostitution, son preference, genital mutilation, dowry harassment and even death.
Two thirty minute programs per week are influencing positive change in listeners on a range of issues.
FEBC India reports there has been a 30% drop in child marriages in Rajasthan , in no small part to our broadcasting commitment to programs that cover building strong families, the importance of the girl child in families, and the education of girls.
FEBC’s boldness in tackling the problem of selective abortion, late stage ultrasounds and female foeticide has helped contribute to the state of Haryana’s sex birth ratio rise to 950 girls to 1000 boys – the highest ever for the history of the state.
Domestic violence is also a huge issue that FEBC tackles through its radio programs in India:
As a small child Rajiya was abandoned by her prostitute mother and unknown father, and raised in the slum as an orphan. She married young to find love, help, security and an opportunity to leave the slum. However, from the outset her husband abused her. She had a child to this man, but the strong physical violence increased, and so too his unfaithfulness. She and her son now live back in the slum.
Other women introduced her to FEBC’s radio programs because they had found help and hope in their messages. She testifies to the programs speaking hope into her life. She does not have her own radio and listens with her friends in a small dwelling made of corrugated iron, cardboard and plastic. Through a $30 donation we were able to supply a radio to her and she now invites others to listen with her in her home.