This year’s Journey of a Lifetime Award recipient, Redzi Bernard, has begun her two week journey travelling through northern Ethiopia to uncover the stories of everyday women.
In light of recent political developments in the country, including cabinet reforms and the election of Ethiopia’s first female head of state, Redzi wants to find out what the key issues are for women in Ethiopia and whether they feel connected to the government or not.
Redzi will be travelling by mule between the towns of Weldiya and Lalibela, which is a World Heritage Site famed for its rock-hewn churches. Trekking for eight hours a day at 8,000 feet, she will be following in the footsteps of her mother, who undertook the same journey across the Lasta Mountains 50 years ago. Redzi will be recording her experiences for a BBC Radio 4 documentary which will be broadcast in October 2019.
Established in 2001 to support informed travel and discover new radio broadcasting talent, the Journey of a Lifetime Award is run by the Society in partnership with BBC Radio 4 and offers a £5,000 grant to make an original and inspiring journey anywhere in the world, and the chance to create a travel documentary.
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