Training Workshop for South Asian Women Community Radio Broadcasters
A training workshop for 40 women community radio (CR) broadcasters from across South Asia was held in New Delhi on 19–22 January 2013. The UNESCO-supported event was organized by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, AMARC Asia Pacific andthe Community Radio Forum of India, and was titled ‘Training Workshop for Women Community Radio Broadcasters of South Asia for Enhancing Access to Community Media, Promoting Positive Social Change and Peace Building through Community Broadcasting’. The workshop followed a two-day regional seminar that reflected on South Asian experiences with CR.
The four-day capacity-building workshop equipped participants with skills how to conduct research and produce programmes, how to build awareness at local levels, share local knowledge and engaging in dialogue and discussion with local authorities. Participants produced six 20-minute radio programmes in the course of the workshop, which will subsequently be aired by the CR stations that the women represented. Participating women broadcasters were equipped with knowledge about climate change adaptation and measures for reducing vulnerability to natural disasters. Both issues present serious development challenges in the South Asian context.
Besides building participants’ knowledge and practical skills, the event also provided a platform for advocacy and building awareness about the need for a gender policy at CR stations to help promote women’s participation in the CR movement. In order to strengthen regional networks and cooperation, participants have become members of AMARC Women’s International Network (AMARC-WIN). AMARC-WIN is a large assembly of women communicators working to ensure women’s right to communicate through and within the CR movement. AMARC-WIN believes that women can be active agents of change if they are given a voice.
The workshop in New Delhi has enhanced women broadcasters’ programme production skills, resulting in the preparation of radio content on climate change mitigation and means of defence against natural disasters. These programmes will be aired on the CR stations which the participants represented. The event has improved participants’ capacity for delivering the necessary services and information to communities affected adversely by climate change. And finally, it has played an important role in facilitating the collaboration and sharing of best practices among women CR broadcasters across the South Asian region.
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