Our Voices. Our Identities.

Our voices is a scholarship program that aims to connect and support podcasters within the WANA (North Africa and West Asia) region and Germany. The overall goal is to build a transnational network for Arabic speaking podcasters to exchange and learn from one another. We achieved this through a series of three workshops held online and in Albania. Each workshop had a thematic focus, which is the main topic of an audio podcast series produced by the participants in transnational teams.

Our Voices. Our Identities.

Our voices is a scholarship program that aims to connect and support podcasters within the WANA (North Africa and West Asia) region and Germany. The overall goal is to build a transnational network for Arabic speaking podcasters to exchange and learn from one another. We achieved this through a series of three workshops held online and in Albania. Each workshop had a thematic focus, which is the main topic of an audio podcast series produced by the participants in transnational teams.

Keeping you updated

Our newest podcast episode is out:
“That is how we raise our daughters”
from May, Firyal, Nahla & Lina

Our project ends
On the 31st of December 2021 our project officially ends. We are amazed by the results our participants produced and want to thank everyone, who took part in the Our Voices program. And of course it is not a final goodbye – we are already thinking about how Our Voices 2.0 could look like. Let’s wait and see and in the meantime enjoy some of our podcast episodes!

The WANA Podcast Map

Curious to discover more interesting podcast about West Asia and North Africa?

If yes we have a handy tool for you! We created the first searchable Podcast Map for the region, where you can find podcasts talking about Westasia and North Africa and/or podcasts located in this area. Our goal is to increase the visibility of the diverse podcast scene in the WANA region and to make it more accessable for people from outside this part of the world.

Ready to discover some podcasts?
Ready to discover some podcasts?

The project was supported and implemented by:

Logo Nahostcast

The Podcast

Building upon the participants’ knowledge gained from the workshops, a twelve-episode podcast was created and dubbed in English and German. The episodes are co-produced by 5-6 transnational teams (2-3 podcasters each) after each workshop.

The participants could freely choose the focus and format of the podcast episodes within the framework of the workshops topic:

  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Power Dynamics


Why Podcast?

New, modern, easily accessible, high potential and great impact especially on youth– that’s how we see audio-podcasts.


The Podcast Community – we are nothing without our listeners

An engaging community is essential to any podcaster. We aim to build a community of listeners who want to actively participate in discussions and are not too shy to ask questions. Through social media, we want to offer a platform for vivid interactions and dialogue. Get involved!

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Building upon the participants’ knowledge gained from the workshops, a twelve-episode podcast was created and dubbed in English and German. The episodes are co-produced by 5-6 transnational teams (2-3 podcasters each) after each workshop.

The participants could freely choose the focus and format of the podcast episodes within the framework of the workshops topic:

  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Power Dynamics



Why Podcast?

New, modern, easily accessible, high potential and great impact especially on youth– that’s how we see audio-podcasts.


The Podcast Community – we are nothing without our listeners

An engaging community is essential to any podcaster. We aim to build a community of listeners who want to actively participate in discussions and are not too shy to ask questions. Through social media, we want to offer a platform for vivid interactions and dialogue. Get involved!

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Our Participants

We were thrilled to welcome 18 participants from Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Palestine, Germany, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya to the Our Voices workshops and podcast. 

Adnane

Favorite Podcast: Business Wars
Interest: Skating, Playing Ukulele, Song writing, Polaroid photography and Motor cycling
Secret Talent: Emotive Speaker; I believe I can strongly convey my feelings through speech

Ines

Favorite Podcast: Impact Theory
Interest: Music, Politics, Boxing
Secret Talent: Dancing swing

Esra

Favorite Podcast: Masaha (on Sowt)
Interest: Travelling, Walking, Swimming
Secret Talent: Singing

Sadeq

Favorite Podcast: Burnout
Interest: Coding and art in general
Secret Talent: Painting

Nahla

Favorite Podcast: Podcast that focus more on the lives of people and their experiences
Interest: Meeting new people, learning new things, working on myself to become a better version

Julia

Favorite Podcast: This American Life, Kerning Cultures, Zeit Verbrechen and many more
Interest: I am interested in ideas and projects that advance and improve society
Secret Talent: Dancing

Munsef

Favorite Podcast: Abajora
Interest: Reading, writing, movies, Gym, food, music, traveling
Secret Talent: “Acting” and sometimes I use this secret talent to help me get through difficult situations

Firyal

Favorite Podcast: Podcasts of Kerning Cultures (like B´Hob, Jasadi, Eib), Aljazeera podcasts, Aswat and many others
Interest: Writing and reading
Secret Talent: Dubbing

Sabreen

Favorite Podcast: Dom Tak and Eib (of Sowt), This American Life, The Guilty Feminist
Interest: I love music, books, movies, food. I also like sports and yoga.
Secret Talent: I can sing, sometimes 🙂

Lina

Favorite Podcast: Blank Maps
Interest: Social Justice, Equal Opportunities, Identity issues and women’s rights in the Arab world
Secret Talent: Finding shortcuts to avoid Amman’s traffic (sometimes ending up in worse traffic)

Tabarek

Favorite Podcast: Aljazeera Podcast, Masaha, Podcasts related to philosoph
Interest: Social issues, especially women’s issues
Secret Talent: Photography, Analysis, Coaching

Olfa

Favorite Podcast: Dom Tek, Great Women of Business
Interest: Gender equality, arts and new technologies
Secret Talent: Djing

Layal

Favorite Podcast: Lately I’ve really enjoyed My Favorite Murder and Taqat Hob
Interest: Watching movies, music, gardening, craft-making and camping
Secret Talent: I’m organized, observant and strong attention to detail

Soulaimane

Favorite Podcast: Aljazeera Podcast
Interest: Politics, Cinema, Women’s sports, Literature, History
Secret Talent: Dance

Hajar

Favorite Podcast: Nas Daily’s
Interest: Exploring places, taking risks & learning new things every day. I love camping & (hitch) hiking
Secret Talent: I am a WRITER UNDER WRAPS, I write poems speaking of the daily Moroccan social issues.

May

Favorite Podcast: Bhob (from Kerning Cultures network)
Interest: Writing, Blogging

Carlotta

Favorite Podcast: Kerning Cultures (if I have to choose one)
Interest: Podcasts & cultural stuff like cinema, theatre, books, stories, food, language
Secret Talent: Creative ways of climbing on trees & Feminist Anger

Amir

Favorite Podcast: Rihamiat, Jasadi, Min El Akher, Eib
Interest: Acting, Reading, Psychology, Observing people’s reactions
Secret Talent: Playing Piano

The Workshops

In 2021, three workshops and network meetings with 18 podcasters from North Africa, West Asia and Germany were held online (#Covid-19) and in Albania. The aim of the workshops was to exchange knowledge and to share experiences on the topics of environment, power dynamics, and gender. The focus lay on female* podcasters and their prospects and influence in society.

In addition to exchanging ideas and experiences, we wanted to encourage and empower podcasters in their future endeavors.

Our Approach
Woman brainstorming Ideas
© Salma Shokry

Peer to Peer Learning

We are all experts in what we do and can learn from each other’s experiences and skills.

Woman recording a Podcast
© Salma Shokry

Strengthening women’s* voices

Our voices is a platform which promotes women’s* voices to be heard and taken seriously.

Group discussing
© Salma Shokry

Space for Exchange

We want to listen to each other and exchange our experiences and visions concerning global and regional challenges in different societies. From Iraq to Morocco – we want your opinion.

Young People holding the world cube
© Salma Shokry

Breaking stereotypes

We want to reach a diverse audience all over the world and question our patterns of thought.

Women recording a podcast
© Salma Shokry

Language diversity

We will publish the podcast in Arabic, English and German.

Our Timeline

27-31 March 2021

Workshop and Network Meeting

Getting to know each other
Space for networking and exchanging
Further developing know-how on podcast production

  • Environment
  • Virtual world

27-31 March 2021

April – May 2021

Podcast Production No. 1

  • In groups of 2-3 people on one of the workshops topics

April – May 2021

1-4 July 2021

Online Barcamp

Peer to peer skill sharing
Knowledge exchange

  • Gender
  • Virtual World

1-4 July 2021

July-August 2021

Podcast Production No. 2

  • In groups of 2-3 people on one of the workshops topics

July-August 2021

25-29 September 2021

Workshop and Network Meeting

Celebrating our podcast
Evaluation of the podcast series and workshops
Next steps and future plans

  • Power Dynamics
  • Albania

25-29 September 2021

October 2021

Podcast Production No. 3

  • In groups of 2-3 people on one of the workshops topics

October 2021

27 & 30 November 2021

Closing Event

Introducing our project to the public
discussing the podcast scene in WANA
networking

  • Cairo
  • Berlin

27 & 30 November 2021

About us

Rasha Aldeeb

is at the hub in Alexandria, Egypt. She has a lot of experience in distributing podcasts and building networks. As a podcaster and feminist herself, Rasha is a great asset for our PR and Communication.


Svenja Suhre

lives and works in Mainz, Germany. She has experience in Web Design and IT management. She guides us through all technical matters and keeps our online communication running.


Katrin Schäfer

lives in Berlin. Together with Linda, Katrin is project coordinator of Our voices and responsible for our data security. In addition, she is a passionate photographer and takes care of our technical equipment.


Linda Frankenthal

Linda Frankenthal

chose Berlin to settle down for a while. She and Katrin are the project coordinators of Our voices. Linda is also responsible for our finances. She is always on top of things and keeps close track of our schedule.

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MitOst e.V. connects motivated people in a diverse and open network in Europe and its neighbouring regions. MitOst supports cultural exchange and civil society engagement through its projects. The goal of the association is a lively civil society that goes beyond cultural, linguistic and political borders.

Nahostcast e.V. was founded by the podcast collective Nahostcast. The idea behind the project was to offer perspectives on the WANA-region that are seldom presented by mainstream media and lacking in the podcast community. Our approach is to talk with people instead of about them. Therefore, we invite guests from different regions to share their stories and knowledge. In this way, we aim to break up stereotypes and prejudices and question commonly held views in our society. Additionally, through Nahostcast e.V., we initiate projects and workshops to pass on our expertise in podcast production, while sharing our vision of a more diverse, tolerant and feminist society.

MitOst e.V. connects motivated people in a diverse and open network in Europe and its neighbouring regions. MitOst supports cultural exchange and civil society engagement through its projects. The goal of the association is a lively civil society that goes beyond cultural, linguistic and political borders.