11 Aug Women in South and Central Asia Promote Peace via Community Radio
Communication for Peace
The “Women in South and Central Asia Promote Peace via Community Radio” project, also known as Women Making Airwaves for Peace (WMAP), was a 6-day seminar attended by 28 women community radio broadcasters mainly from Central and South Asia. Focused on the themes of engendered peace building, disaster mitigation, and climate justice, the seminar took place 13 -18 February 2010 in Mysore, Karnataka, India, in collaboration with Isis’ local partner organisation, IT for Change. Women community radio broadcasters from eight countries (Afghanistan, Fiji, India, Kyrgystan, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and USA) participated in a seminar that involved experience sharing, skills sharing, and radio production. The participants acted as resource persons, trainers, trainees and radio journalists at the same time. Beyond in-depth discussions of the themes, the seminar involved capacity building and skills sharing on Feminist Broadcasting, Gender Equality Policy for Community Radio, Digital Editing, Interview Techniques, Radio Feature Production and Radio Drama. During the seminar, participants produced radio programmes that consisted of a variety of creative radio formats such as features, story telling, radio drama, studio discussion and featured the experiences of these women broadcasters. The schedule of the seminar intentionally coincided with the 2nd Regional Conference of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) Asia Pacific that took place on 20-23 February 2010 in Bangalore, India, to ensure the WMAP participants would have the chance to also participate in the AMARC conference. Twenty-seven of the 28 participants of WMAP actively participated in the AMARC conference. They presented in the workshop on engendered climate justice and disaster mitigation; they served as rapporteurs in plenary sessions and workshops; and performed on-site conference documentation by recording the plenary sessions, taking pictures and writing summaries of the different speeches. These were uploaded on the AMARC website and thus gave access to people who were not able to attend the conference.
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