compilation of 4 photos, a young boy, a young women holding up a finger with purple ink on it, an older woman speaking into a mic, and a girl with glasses

8 Ways USAID is Advancing Fundamental Freedoms, Promoting Democracy, and Strengthening Human Rights Around the World

July 31, 2019
7. Promoting Women Leaders Through Radio

USAID believes that advancing fundamental freedoms, promoting democracy, and strengthening human rights around the world reflects the best of who we are as a country. We know from experience that each country’s journey to self-reliance must begin with a free and democratic foundation. 

USAID works toward this goal by partnering with governments to meet citizens’ needs, by promoting fairness and justice for all, and by focusing on inclusion of all communities.

Below is a photo from an Internews project that is one of the eight photos that captured the essence of how USAID works with communities to promote, protect, and deepen democracy, human rights, and governance around the globe. These are winners and finalists of the 2019 USAID/Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) photo contest; the photos were submitted by implementing partners and USAID field missions, and judged by a panel from USAID/DRG.

Four women stand next to a wall; a woman with headphones and a mic interviews one of them.

Margaret Simon Gatluak, a community correspondent (at left) from Internews’ Humanitarian Information Service radio station, Kondial FM in Bentiu, South Sudan, interviewed women leaders from an internally displaced persons camp on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019. They discussed how they approach problem-solving and overcoming challenges as women leaders. The guests appreciated the role radio plays in creating awareness and providing the community with entertainment and life-saving information. Internews’ Humanitarian Information Service serves the information needs of more than 500,000 people annually in South Sudan.