The sound of change

Yegna encourages positive behaviour change for girls in Ethiopia by tackling real-life challenges through stories and music.

Slide Yegna is changing the culture of Ethiopia in a good way. Girl, Ethiopia Slide It opens the doors to people’s homes and deals with real-life stories. Theresa, Lilongwe

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While Ethiopia is a country on the rise, girls still face serious challenges – from educational access to early marriage and violence.
Yegna, Girl Effect’s multi-platform youth brand in Ethiopia, tackles these issues through its radio drama and talk show, TV drama, digital channels and music. It inspires behaviour change for girls, boys, their families and communities, by encouraging them to rethink what it means to be a girl in Ethiopia today.
Meaning ‘ours’ in Amharic, Yegna is rooted in Ethiopian culture. It’s built around the insight that one in five Ethiopian girls don’t have any friends, and encourages them to overcome adversity by forging meaningful friendships.
The Yegna cast – five girls and two boys – play characters that represent the lives of millions of Ethiopian teens as they form friendships, strive to find their voice and follow their dreams. Its storylines have been developed with young people, their families and communities across Ethiopia, to ensure that they accurately reflect their realities.
Yegna is a household name in Ethiopia. The national TV drama reaches an audience of over 10 million people and is broadcast on multiple channels in three languages.

What we make

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Radio drama

Tackling complex issues through stories developed based on research with girls and their families in communities across Ethiopia.

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TV drama

Now in its third series, Yegna’s national TV drama has an audience of over 10 million people with a wide range of viewers from teens to adults.

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Talk show

Facilitating conversations around topics that affect adolescent Ethiopian girls, hosted by two radio personalities

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Music

Taking the message of gender equality beyond borders.

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Digital channels

Tapping into Ethiopia’s growing digital audience.

Slide 8.9 million people have been reached by Yegna – 48% of the population in the Addis and Amhara region 2017 Audience survey Slide 2015 Audience survey of girl listeners sought support from people outside their family 94% Slide 2015 Audience survey of boy listeners would raise the alarm if they witnessed a young girl being forced into marriage 95%

Impact

‘A girl can change Ethiopia’

This is the story of Alemtsehay, an incredible resilient girl who despite immense adversity, finds inspiration in Yegna.

‘Part of Ethiopian culture’

Meet Medeset, an inspirational girl who introduces her family to Yegna, and sees the dramatic effect it has on the boys in her household.

Yenga Partnerships

Breaking down negative attitudes and behaviours that prevent girls accessing life-saving vaccines

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