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AMARC Empowering Women Community Radio Broadcasters of Nepal

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July 16 2012, Kathmandu. World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC Asia Pacific) has successfully implemented an integrated program for strengthening production and networking capacity of women community broadcasters in Nepal. It covered women broadcasters from 50 community radio stations. A follow up training workshop and networking meeting was held in Pokhara from 10-11 July 2012 as a concluding activity of the program.

The empowerment program was launched in August 2011 in partnership with Association of Community Radio Broadcasters of Nepal (ACORAB). Participants of the program have learnt to strengthen their networks to advocate for equal access to the airwaves and to promote women’s participation at all levels of decision making in community radios. It has also increased their capacity for field and studio based production skills, researching and interviewing, using computer based technology for production, and working on specific and local thematic areas of coverage. The program consisted of capacity building workshops, individual mentoring for the participants, exposure to AMARC’s global broadcasting campaigns, opportunities for participation in regional workshops, and strategising for network building.

Through gender sensitive programming, giving voice to women of the community, and to the civil society and human rights organisations, the program has made significant contribution towards empowering radio audiences, especially women audiences and in promoting media plurality.

Participants of the Empowering Women Community Radio Broadcasters program have joined the Women’s International Network of community broadcasters to learn and to contribute to the global movement to empower women through community radios.

“The training has imparted additional skills, new perspective and approaches towards issues that will help us improve our daily radio programmes,” said Ambika Rana of Himchuli FM, Pokhara in the concluding meeting. “It has taught me research and interview skills, editing and mixing, which will greatly aid in preparing good radio programs” said Rupa Basnet of Radio Galkot of West Nepal. “The program has strengthened me not only as a broadcaster but as a woman and increased my capacity to assert my rightful place in the society and to contribute for the development of fellow women community members,” said Yam Kumari KC of Radio Myagdi.

In his concluding observations, Ashish Sen, President of AMARC Asia Pacific has said that “the program for Empowering Women Community Radio Broadcasters of Nepal is part of AMARC’s commitment for strengthening the position of women community broadcasters throughout the Asia Pacific region. AMARC will continue to organise creative platforms for community broadcasters to learn new ideas and technology, strengthen their capacity to produce and share in order to make meaningful and relevant contributions to their respective communities.”

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AMARC is an international non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement in over 110 countries, and advocating for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighborhood levels. AMARC has an International Secretariat in Montreal. It has regional sections in Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. For more information, please contact Suman Basnet, Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, suman_basnet@asiapacific.amarc.org or visit www.asiapacific.amarc.org.
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Suman Basnet

Regional Coordinator

AMARC Asia Pacific

Kathmandu, Nepal

 

suman_basnet@asiapacific.amarc.org

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