Our Voices. Our Identities.

Our voices is a project 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 want to achieve this through a series of three workshops held in Tunisia, Lebanon, and online. Each workshop has a thematic focus, which will also be the main topic of an audio podcast series produced by the participants in transnational teams.

Our Voices. Our Identities.

Our voices is a project 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 want to achieve this through a series of three workshops held in Tunisia, Lebanon, and online. Each workshop has a thematic focus, which will also be the main topic of an audio podcast series produced by the participants in transnational teams.

Our Voices. Our Identities.

Our voices is a project 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 want to achieve this through a series of three workshops held in Tunisia, Lebanon, and online. Each workshop has a thematic focus, which will also be the main topic of an audio podcast series produced by the participants in transnational teams.

Keeping you updated

Impressions from the first workshop are online now!
Take a look at what we did here.

Our network & reflection meeting on the 27th of May was awesome. To shorten the time until the next workshop, we will start a regularly networking format.

We are welcoming our two new particpants, Olfa from Tunisia and Sulaimane from Marocco!

Our Participants

We are 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 project is supported and implemented by:

Logo Nahostcast

The Podcast

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

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

  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Power Dynamics
It can be any podcast format – We want to hear your voice!

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!

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

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

  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Power Dynamics
It can be any podcast format – We want to hear your voice!

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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The Workshops

In 2021, three workshops and network meetings with 18 podcasters from North Africa, West Asia and Germany will be held in Tunisia, Lebanon and online (subject to change – the plans will be adapted according to the Covid-19 restrictions). The aim of the workshops is to exchange knowledge and share experiences on the topics of environment, power dynamics, and gender. The focus will lie on female* podcasters and their prospects and influence in society.

In addition to exchanging ideas and experiences, we want 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.

Safety first

The safety of the participants is our highest priority, not only with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic but also concerning safety issues for media workers worldwide. Therefore, pictorial, auditory and textual data will only be published with the participants consent and upon request under a pseudonym. Furthermore, we would like to encourage participants to share their concerns with us – nobody should feel uncomfortable or anxious.

We are here to help and we will find a solution together!

Workshops in times of a global pandemic

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, planning international meetings is challenging as security measures and entry requirements are constantly changing. Nevertheless, if possible we would like to hold two out of the three workshops in person. Therefore, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the participants and course instructors, we will implement the countries respective hygiene regulations into our own hygiene concept. Additionally, we will closely monitor the official regulations sent out by the respective health ministries and check the local press. In case we are unable to hold the workshops in person, we will move them to the virtual world.

Workshops in times of a global pandemic

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, planning international meetings is challenging as security measures and entry requirements are constantly changing. Nevertheless, if possible we would like to hold two out of the three workshops in person. Therefore, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the participants and course instructors, we will implement the countries respective hygiene regulations into our own hygiene concept. Additionally, we will closely monitor the official regulations sent out by the respective health ministries and check the local press. In case we are unable to hold the workshops in person, we will move them to the virtual world.

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
  • Tunisia

25-29 September 2021

October 2021

Podcast Production No. 3

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

October 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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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.