WOMEN'S MEDIA GROUP
Supported by WAYout Arts
The WMG works with women in remote areas, often with no education or prospects, and offers free training and facilities in digital media to enable them to have a voice, be empowered and educate others through filmmaking and computer skills
60 women and girls have already trained in media production. Most of the women have no literacy skills or access to phone signals and yet they have made dramas about sexual health, fistula and the impact of Corona Virus on women's lives. These are screened to full local audiences and online.
WHO WE ARE
The Women's Media Group began when a group of 30 women and girls from the provinces of Sierra Leone, who were victims of domestic abuse, took back control of their own lives. They trained in media production and now make films about rape, gender issues, sexual health, FGM and women's rights.
It began when WAYout filmmaker Susan Kargbo made a film about domestic abuse in their village near Bo in 2019. The women and girls in the film asked Susan to train them to make their own films and six months later workshops began. The group believes that women should have autonomy, health, dignity and safety and that local audiences relate more to films with a local voice. The films were so successful, playing to packed audiences, the Women's Media Group was set up by WAYout to continue the work, create jobs and make films for a national and international audience.
Giving skills to women
Learning women's rights
Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
The Women's Media Group makes films that bring change. Made with a local voice, the dramas entertain and raise awareness without people realising they are learning. Screened to local villages and to packed audiences our films have huge impact.