ABC Radio Australia

ABC Radio Australia focuses on women in the Pacific with Sistas, Let’s Talk

A unique 30-minute radio program and podcast focusing on women’s issues across the Pacific launches on ABC Radio Australia this Friday, 14 May.

Sistas, Let’s Talk will explore the issues affecting women across the Pacific region in an empowering, empathetic and straight-talking way.

Hosted by prominent PNG-born broadcaster Hilda Wayne (pictured below), the show will delve into the issues close to the hearts of women in the Pacific region, such as balancing traditional obligations with modern working practices; bride price; the gendered impacts of Covid in the Pacific; and women’s representation in political, economic and social life.

Women in the Pacific are underrepresented in all spheres of life, including in the media, and face significant and unique challenges including high rates of family violence and low levels of political representation. Sistas, Let’s Talk is designed to help to bridge that gap.

A flagship program for ABC Radio Australia, Sistas, Let’s Talk is staffed entirely by Pacific women, and is overseen by Justine Kelly, Executive Producer of ABC’s Audio Studios, which makes the award-winning podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk .

It will be unique in providing quality content designed especially for educated, modern Pacific women and the Pacific diaspora in Australia – a traditionally neglected audience, particularly in the target 20-40 age group.

Executive Producer Justine Kelly said, “I’m very excited to be part of a project that uncovers the unique and extraordinary stories of women across the pacific region and gives a platform to some of its least-heard voices.”

Claire M Gorman, Head of ABC International, said, “ABC Radio Australia is a trusted voice in the Pacific, connecting our neighbours in the Pacific region. We are delighted to be adding Sistas, Let’s Talk to our growing slate of Pacific-focused programs that contribute to the rich conversations about our shared Pacific region on ABC Radio Australia.”

Sistas Let’s Talk airs on ABC Radio Australia every Friday across the Pacific. It premieres on Friday 14 May 2021 at 3.30 pm PNG time, 4.30 pm in Fiji and 6.30 pm in Samoa. You can find it online at the ABC Radio Australia website.

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