Women Taboos Radio

Women Taboos Radio

is creating Astonishing stories. Confronting taboos.

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Hi, we are Women Taboos Radio!

Women Taboos Radio is the first digital, nonprofit media channel in Africa that powers! vulnerable women to report, discuss,write, film or broadcast on topics of sensitive Taboos (health, gender, and coercive culture realities).

The goal of our stories is to reverse gender Taboos that hurt women progress in Africa.

Our motto is, “Speaking Taboos. Speaking the Unspeakable.”

We broadcast online, by text, Open Data, imagery and podcasts.

Taboos are those sensitive yet personal topics ordinary women acroass Africa would not dare say for fear of deep social shame, violent retaliation or exclusion.

Here are examples of taboos:

(1) Why some rural women in Mozambique take lifesaving antiretroviral HIV medicine in tight secrecy for fear of being divorced by angry husbands

- OR -

(2) Why some widows in Zimbabwe, who fail to bear male children, must surrender their land or property to those family members with sons.

These are difficult topics – these are Taboos! 

Weekly, on our digital radio channel, we publish astonishing stories. We allow ordinary women  to drive, open up and tell their taboo stories without inserting our biases or opinions. We are unlike the big corporate media (your BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Reuters) which flies in reporters, speak over vulnerable women, and jets back, straight to the airport.

We live our stories, our communities, our Taboos realities! And best of all: Women Taboos Radio does not discriminate against sex, nationality,gender, religious affiliation or political background.

HERE IS  WHERE YOU COME IN

We want to travel this journey together and document these taboos stories with you. We ask for your support and participation, if you can afford it, because we want to be more directly answerable to you our readers, not to advertisers or some big TV executive in New York or London!

We`d like your support to make more ambitious stories, starting with the ones we publish weekly.

It's hard to get taken seriously as a women-led media startup, especially when you are publishing to expose gender taboos, of all places; in Africa. If you take our writing seriously, want to create taboos stories with us and have the means to so, consider chipping in.

You could also chip in if you don’t care about our work either way but REALLY want to piss off some right-wing, sexist males and their customs that keep Africa women locked in servitude. Every dollar you donate makes sexism hatebot cross - and makes you a digital participant in our modest newsroom.

If a few hundred people give us $2 dollars PLUS each month, we can start to build a team around us and PUBLISH three stories a week and less stress about how we can send reporters acroass Africa. And that would be massive!

We´ve always wanted to engage with readers, and co-create stories with them. We are excited to see how being funded directly by readers and building a community of people who follow our work more intimately will work.

Obviously, there are a great many projects and causes that need support right now- so if you only have two dollars to spend on social justice, don't spend it on us.

We are lucky enough to have a loyal community of readers (You) who shape our work as well as and holding us to account when we need it.

We believe deeply in creating stories and journalism that everyone can access, whatever their income level, and I know lots of you do, too. That's one of the reasons why we are going to keep on publishing work openly, here and on on other platforms. However, if you become a patron, you'll get access to our road diary, suggest stories, get your name dedicated on top of a story, read our journal entries, get field vidoes, roundups, and longer versions of some pieces- and you'll also become part of a community of who can hang with us live online for newsroom sessions. You can send us tips and hints, whether on things going on in your area or what you want Women Taboos Radio to publish.

The donations level is set low because we don't want to be elitist about who can be involved in this community- if all you can afford is a couple of dollars a month, but you still want to be on board and support, that's huge, and that's plenty. If you can afford more, that would be fantastic- the more we can be directly funded by readers, the more exciting things we can do.

We believe this is a time for ambitious, innovative story telling, and we think we are in a place to contribute that- but we know we can't do it without help. Thank you.

LIKE what we do – You can safely, securely, digitally pledge your donation to us on this platform, spread the message, engage with us or simply show support however way you can.

Tiers
Ah yes marvellous!
$2 or more per month only 500 left
Thank you. You've decided to support our work and writing, and that's  more than enough. You get access to all locked posts on Patreon.....and be the first 15 patrons will get a chance to suggest story ideas for us.  
Hello: Is it you we are looking for? (singing)
$5 or more per month only 300 left
Think of this as the equivalent of taking us to watch Tour de France. As well  as access to any locked posts, you get a regular mailout from us, all  about the practical side of taboos journalism investigations acroass Africa, how we do our work, advice and thoughts about doing nonprofit media work we do....and a story visibly dedicated to your name monthly (first 20 patrons).  
Let tha taboos stories hit hard now!
$30 or more per month only 100 left
Okay, we're revving the engines now now. This is a 'buy us dinner' sort of  commitment. At the end of the year, as well as everything else you get a  handmade zine of all our favourite taboos we’ve publish, full of  annotations and notes, your name styled to it (in a digital PDF ebook). 
Power on thrust pedals!
$60 or more per month only 50 left
We are shy to properly express how grateful I'd be to anyone who  wanted to give me 60 dollars a month, so along with the letter and  photo we'll just shuffle and mutter and blush and pretend it's not a big  deal when actually it really is. This sort of funding is going to make a  huge difference to our work. Thank you. Along with the zine and the  locked posts, we’ll send you a signed copy of at 1 of our stories, you fancy  (digitally with your name and picture as the story benefactor, if you want) .....
Queeing for takeoff!
$100 or more per month only 20 left
If you want to spend this sort of cash on us, that's an extraordinary  level of faith, and we will do our best to be equal to it. And if you’re  in the US or Canada we’ll send you a phsical PDF book of our stories once at Christmas, your name etched in ink as dedication. 
Climbing!
$250 or more per month only 10 left
We are climbing....maintain speed at 1000 knots, westerly direction!  Homely hommy! If anyone actually donates this amount we can have a chat  about what you want to receive in return, whether it's postcards from  where we've been, copies of our story books, or just more of what we do, better  and braver and less inhibited.  We really don't expect anyone to give us hundreds of dollars a month, and if you do, we will definitely write you a letter of effusive thanks and we can go for dinner if we're in the same city and we will donate $10 of that amount , monthly, to a charity of your choice, online at Givegain website. 
Goals
$0 of $700 per month
700 dollars a month: On your marks; all systems go! For amount of work it’ll take to keep this Patreon updated, thrice, a week, we need to make at least this much – We are not trying to be a wannabe, but deliver real taboos stories – fresh and astonishing.
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Hi, we are Women Taboos Radio!

Women Taboos Radio is the first digital, nonprofit media channel in Africa that powers! vulnerable women to report, discuss,write, film or broadcast on topics of sensitive Taboos (health, gender, and coercive culture realities).

The goal of our stories is to reverse gender Taboos that hurt women progress in Africa.

Our motto is, “Speaking Taboos. Speaking the Unspeakable.”

We broadcast online, by text, Open Data, imagery and podcasts.

Taboos are those sensitive yet personal topics ordinary women acroass Africa would not dare say for fear of deep social shame, violent retaliation or exclusion.

Here are examples of taboos:

(1) Why some rural women in Mozambique take lifesaving antiretroviral HIV medicine in tight secrecy for fear of being divorced by angry husbands

- OR -

(2) Why some widows in Zimbabwe, who fail to bear male children, must surrender their land or property to those family members with sons.

These are difficult topics – these are Taboos! 

Weekly, on our digital radio channel, we publish astonishing stories. We allow ordinary women  to drive, open up and tell their taboo stories without inserting our biases or opinions. We are unlike the big corporate media (your BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Reuters) which flies in reporters, speak over vulnerable women, and jets back, straight to the airport.

We live our stories, our communities, our Taboos realities! And best of all: Women Taboos Radio does not discriminate against sex, nationality,gender, religious affiliation or political background.

HERE IS  WHERE YOU COME IN

We want to travel this journey together and document these taboos stories with you. We ask for your support and participation, if you can afford it, because we want to be more directly answerable to you our readers, not to advertisers or some big TV executive in New York or London!

We`d like your support to make more ambitious stories, starting with the ones we publish weekly.

It's hard to get taken seriously as a women-led media startup, especially when you are publishing to expose gender taboos, of all places; in Africa. If you take our writing seriously, want to create taboos stories with us and have the means to so, consider chipping in.

You could also chip in if you don’t care about our work either way but REALLY want to piss off some right-wing, sexist males and their customs that keep Africa women locked in servitude. Every dollar you donate makes sexism hatebot cross - and makes you a digital participant in our modest newsroom.

If a few hundred people give us $2 dollars PLUS each month, we can start to build a team around us and PUBLISH three stories a week and less stress about how we can send reporters acroass Africa. And that would be massive!

We´ve always wanted to engage with readers, and co-create stories with them. We are excited to see how being funded directly by readers and building a community of people who follow our work more intimately will work.

Obviously, there are a great many projects and causes that need support right now- so if you only have two dollars to spend on social justice, don't spend it on us.

We are lucky enough to have a loyal community of readers (You) who shape our work as well as and holding us to account when we need it.

We believe deeply in creating stories and journalism that everyone can access, whatever their income level, and I know lots of you do, too. That's one of the reasons why we are going to keep on publishing work openly, here and on on other platforms. However, if you become a patron, you'll get access to our road diary, suggest stories, get your name dedicated on top of a story, read our journal entries, get field vidoes, roundups, and longer versions of some pieces- and you'll also become part of a community of who can hang with us live online for newsroom sessions. You can send us tips and hints, whether on things going on in your area or what you want Women Taboos Radio to publish.

The donations level is set low because we don't want to be elitist about who can be involved in this community- if all you can afford is a couple of dollars a month, but you still want to be on board and support, that's huge, and that's plenty. If you can afford more, that would be fantastic- the more we can be directly funded by readers, the more exciting things we can do.

We believe this is a time for ambitious, innovative story telling, and we think we are in a place to contribute that- but we know we can't do it without help. Thank you.

LIKE what we do – You can safely, securely, digitally pledge your donation to us on this platform, spread the message, engage with us or simply show support however way you can.

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Tiers
Ah yes marvellous!
$2 or more per month only 500 left
Thank you. You've decided to support our work and writing, and that's  more than enough. You get access to all locked posts on Patreon.....and be the first 15 patrons will get a chance to suggest story ideas for us.  
Hello: Is it you we are looking for? (singing)
$5 or more per month only 300 left
Think of this as the equivalent of taking us to watch Tour de France. As well  as access to any locked posts, you get a regular mailout from us, all  about the practical side of taboos journalism investigations acroass Africa, how we do our work, advice and thoughts about doing nonprofit media work we do....and a story visibly dedicated to your name monthly (first 20 patrons).  
Let tha taboos stories hit hard now!
$30 or more per month only 100 left
Okay, we're revving the engines now now. This is a 'buy us dinner' sort of  commitment. At the end of the year, as well as everything else you get a  handmade zine of all our favourite taboos we’ve publish, full of  annotations and notes, your name styled to it (in a digital PDF ebook). 
Power on thrust pedals!
$60 or more per month only 50 left
We are shy to properly express how grateful I'd be to anyone who  wanted to give me 60 dollars a month, so along with the letter and  photo we'll just shuffle and mutter and blush and pretend it's not a big  deal when actually it really is. This sort of funding is going to make a  huge difference to our work. Thank you. Along with the zine and the  locked posts, we’ll send you a signed copy of at 1 of our stories, you fancy  (digitally with your name and picture as the story benefactor, if you want) .....
Queeing for takeoff!
$100 or more per month only 20 left
If you want to spend this sort of cash on us, that's an extraordinary  level of faith, and we will do our best to be equal to it. And if you’re  in the US or Canada we’ll send you a phsical PDF book of our stories once at Christmas, your name etched in ink as dedication. 
Climbing!
$250 or more per month only 10 left
We are climbing....maintain speed at 1000 knots, westerly direction!  Homely hommy! If anyone actually donates this amount we can have a chat  about what you want to receive in return, whether it's postcards from  where we've been, copies of our story books, or just more of what we do, better  and braver and less inhibited.  We really don't expect anyone to give us hundreds of dollars a month, and if you do, we will definitely write you a letter of effusive thanks and we can go for dinner if we're in the same city and we will donate $10 of that amount , monthly, to a charity of your choice, online at Givegain website.