Launching Nisaa Network, the First Multimedia Platform for Arab Women

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Launching Nisaa Network, the First Multimedia Platform for Arab Women

Nisaa Broadcasting Corporation and the Womanity Foundation, in partnership with Bank al Etihad of Jordan, launched Nisaa Network, a ground-breaking multi-media platform and collaborative network that features inspiring reports on the role of women in society and offers empowering services to women.

The unveiling of Nisaa Network was celebrated on 3 May 2016 in Amman (Jordan) in the presence of Ms. Maysoun Odeh Gangat, Co-founder and Managing Director of the Nisaa Broadcasting Corporation, Ms. Antonella Notari Vischer, Executive Director of the Womanity Foundation, Dr. Salma Nims, Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and Ms. Nadia Al Saed, General Manager of Al Itihad Bank.

Nisaa Network’s brand new website is the central platform of a consortium of media outlets, civil society organizations and leading personalities, who collaborate to create and share inspirational, gender-inclusive media content; enhance the voice of women in the public sphere; and foster their career perspectives in the media.

The first media organizations to join the consortium are the Jordanian Farah Al Nas, a radio station for young people and local communities, launched in July 2008 by HRH Princess Basma of Jordan. The station is uniquely managed by young people, aims to give a voice to youth and act as a vehicle for them to express their opinions and to raise local issues for their communities. (; and Mosaïque FM, the most popular private radio in Tunisia, with a large young audience and a commitment to democracy and quality programming, starring among its journalist Khalil Laameri, who recently obtained the prestigious Mohamed Guelbi et Hechmi Troudi Award for freedom of expression (; Banat Wa Bass, a website, radio station and community fully operated by and for women, founded by the social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow Amani El Tunsi, which provide a space for educated girls and women to discuss silenced topics and to receive guidance on specific challenges ( ); Ro’ya TV in Amman, Jordan, part of Al-Sayegh Group with a vision to establish a quality media platform with modern content that lives up to the expectations of Arab audience in the 21st century (

Other partners are the America Mid-East Educational and Training Services (AMIEAST), engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa (; the Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association (ASALA), a non-governmental organization that empowers women who have limited resources to realize their economic and social rights by using a holistic approach to development in accordance with their needs (; and Deutsche Welle, the international broadcaster based in Germany who have lent strategic support to the project from its outset (

The Managing Director of Radio Nisaa and Nisaa Network Ms Maysoun Odeh Gangat comments: “Through this platform, we aim to replicate our success in the region and worldwide on empowering women through a very important tool, namely media. Radio Nisaa’s inception and work have created a different reality for women by enabling their empowerment in their own societies through radio programming and content. This success has led us to partner again with the Womanity Foundation and local and regional organizations to join forces to emulate this experience.  We are confident that Nisaa Network will expand this success into the region and into the world”.

Radio Nisaa FM is based in Ramallah and broadcasts throughout the Palestinian Territories. It provides a voice to women, promotes their empowerment, transforms the perception of women’s role in their society and underlines their social engagement, successes and creativity. As for the Womanity Foundation it is a Swiss-based private philanthropic foundation, which creates and implements innovative projects that empower girls and women to shape their futures and accelerate progress in their communities.

Source: Nisaa Network News