"If you want to reach the public, call on women!" Three questions for Mame Aminata Ndir and Adja Aissatou Diallo
In July 2022, ten women who are experts in the SDGs* underwent the first Afri’kibaaru media training session in Saly, Senegal. Doctor Mame Aminata Ndir, a general practitioner, dermatologist, venereologist and host of a health-based radio programme, and Adja Aissatou Diallo, who is in charge of the prevention and reduction of waste, share their feedback.
What are the two main ways in which this media training workshop has changed the way that you work?
Mame Aminata Ndir: “Better management of my non-verbal communication and improved articulation”.
Adja Aissatou Diallo: “Confidence in the performance of my tasks and improved journalistic communication skills”.
What challenges do you think you will be able to overcome now?
Mame Aminata Ndir: “Hosting a television programme talking about health. I am active within associations and for one of them, “Association Docteur Nakamou”, I have been hosting a weekly radio show for the last three years where we raise awareness of non-communicable diseases. We would love to take this one step further with our own TV show!”
Adja Aissatou Diallo: “Increasing my involvement by communicating with a wider audience”.
What messages do you want to convey to media outlets that do not involve enough female experts in their programmes?
Mame Aminata Ndir: “It would be good if the media offered more opportunities for women to speak, thereby involving them more in certain subjects within society: health and well-being, the economy, etc.”
Adja Aissatou Diallo: “If you want to reach the public, call on women! Their expertise is listened to and proven since they have to fight twice as hard to attain a particular level of knowledge”.
*Sustainable Development Goals