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WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service is an all-woman independent radio production company that produces and distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world. WINGS programs are used by non-commercial radio stations, women’s studies, and individuals. Programs can be heard on local radio stations, on shortwave, on the internet, and on cassettes. The WINGS Mailing List provides updates on stories and new information about women’s media. “Though I have been involved in women’s issues for years, I was still struck by the contrast of your broadcast to the news we are usually hearing — news reflecting male interests in a basically male world. Women’s affairs are a hidden current in the flow of world events.”– Kristin Reilly, listener, Buffalo, New YorkWINGS Mailing List:E-mail [email protected] to receive periodic e-mail updates about WINGS programs and women’s media issues.

Upcoming episodes

Rojava in Syria February 23, 2019 | 2:30 pm

British journalist Rahila Gupta traveled to Northern Syria to witness the grassroots feminist democracy being built in territory liberated from the Islamic State. She has written extensively about the impressive network of women's cooperatives, political education and legislative accomplishments built in just a few years.

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The Brexit Referendum March 2, 2019 | 2:30 pm

Women MPs weigh in on the Brexit debacle.

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Y2Y Sexual Health Education March 9, 2019 | 2:30 pm

The German World Population Fund (DSW) supports youth peer education on sexual health in several African countries. In Kenya, this included a pageant to crown a Mr. and Miss Y2Y.

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Velvet Revolution in Media March 16, 2019 | 2:30 pm

Velvet Revolution is a documentary about women in media reporting on corruption and human rights and facing repercussions.

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Intersex Issues in Kenya March 23, 2019 | 2:30 pm

In the Luo culture, intersex babies were traditionally killed. Marashan Rayah tried to protect her child from stigma by keeping his [preferred pronoun] condition secret. That didn't work. Her child, Darlan Rukih, has finally come out publicly as intersex, someone with both male and female genitals and hormones.

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Cameroon Crisis March 30, 2019 | 2:30 pm

A long-growing struggle between Anglophone and Francophone areas of Cameroon became violent since 2016. Villages have been destroyed, schools burned, parties that should dialogue have become intransigent and are using force. Women are seeking to make peace.

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Recent episodes

The Case for Secularism: Fundamentalists vs. Women’s Rights February 16, 2019 | 2:30 pm

An Algerian living in France, Marieme Helie-Lucas argues in favour of secularism and gives global context to the nearly-successful plan to let Sharia courts do binding arbitration in family law cases in Ontario, and the so-called ban on the veil in France.

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Emergency Contraception Controversy February 9, 2019 | 2:30 pm

According to Time Magazine, women are stocking up on emergency contraception since Trump appointed 2 members to the Supreme Court. This program reviews the long and controversial process of getting it made available without a prescription and speculates on its near future.

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16 Days in Kenya: The Work Against Gender-based Violence February 2, 2019 | 2:30 pm

Since 1991, thousands of women's organizations around the world have marked 16 Days of Activism against gender violence from November 25 through December 10th. In this program, you'll hear about efforts on the Kenyan coast.

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A History of Vibrators January 26, 2019 | 2:30 pm

In 1999, historian of technology Rachel Maines published The Technology of Orgasm: 'Hysteria', the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction. By 2011, this history had spawned a documentary, a play, and a feature film. Program features a talk by Maines, followed by excerpts from a press conference about the film Hysteria.

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Women, War, and Wikileaks January 19, 2019 | 2:30 pm

What do you learn when you pay attention to the women embroiled with the action around torture, imperialism and war?

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AIDS in Africa Now January 12, 2019 | 2:30 pm

Sub-Saharan Africa has the lion's share of HIV infections and related deaths. These countries are turning greater attention on issues of youth - those born with the infection, and those who may be acquiring it through sex. Kenya is working on youth education and also becoming a leader in the prophylactic use of anti-retroviral drugs for those most at risk.

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Nutrition for Health in India January 5, 2019 | 2:30 pm

A project in the state of Karnataka has women manufacturing nutritional supplements for their community and educating women, youth, and sometimes men on how to live healthier lives.

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She for He: Ideas of a Men’s Rights Woman December 22, 2018 | 2:30 pm

The focus is on Lara Whyte's long interview with Karen Straughan. Straughan's thesis is that women are more privileged than men, and she points out that under none of the major world economic systems of recent times have men been respected if they reveal their pain.

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Girls of Togo December 15, 2018 | 2:30 pm

We present voices with translation from a series called Radio Success that aired in French on local radio in Togo. The girls and women featured speak frankly and movingly about their situation and their ambitions and advice for girls.

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The Global Gag Rule December 8, 2018 | 2:30 pm

On his first day in office, Trump reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule against recipients of US healthcare aid from performing or speaking about abortions. Where did this rule come from, and what does it do?

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