11.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Celebrating World Radio Day in Dakar (13 February 2014)

World Radio Day 2014 will take place on 13 February and will be celebrated with a ceremony at the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar.

“We must remember that, despite the impressive progress in the field of information and technology, radio remains the medium that reaches the largest number of Africans,” says Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar.

This year, the focus is on gender equality and the empowerment of women through radio and the ceremony will honor a Senegalese broadcasting pioneer Elisabeth Hélène Harley.

The ceremony will proceed as follows:

  1. Projection of the message by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the World Day of Radio 2014.
  2. Tribute to Elisabeth Hélène Harley, a pioneer of the Senegalese radio. She will present her biography and there will be testimonials of those who know her.
  3. Panel discussion on "The implementation of radio in Black Africa (1924-2014)" by Jean-Pierre Ilboudo, UNESCO Regional Advisor for Communication and Information.
  4. Press briefing followed by refreshments

Women in the radio

Radio plays an important role in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. From the pioneers of the early twentieth century to the reporters of today working in conflict zones, women continue to play a vital role in the development of radio.

Journalists, reporters, producers, technicians and decision-makers; women work at various levels of the industry, to guarantee freedom of expression, ensure information flow and ensure exchange ideas through the radio.

World Radio Day is a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.

World radio day was celebrated for the first time in 2013.

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