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[16days_discussion] Diary of a Community Radio Campaign (FemLINKPacific)

sharon at femlinkpacific.org.fj sharon at femlinkpacific.org.fj
Fri Nov 25 17:35:04 EST 2011


26 November 2011

From our Home, Rural Communities: It Is About Living in A World
without Violence.

It was Day 1 of the annual 16 days of Community Radio broadcasts and
the women came from as far as Tawake Village on the tip of Fiji’s
second island Vanua Levu, from Bua community as well as Dilkusha
Methodist Women’s Fellowship and the Geeta Mahila Mandal in Nausori,
took to the airwaves with our community radio stations in Labasa and
Nausori towns sharing their stories, explaining what peace and
security means to them.

Community radio is the communication platform FemLINKPACIFIC is using
to mobilize and connect with rural women who will attend the daily
broadcasts to the theme for this year’s 16 Days theme “From Peace in
the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End
Violence against Women!”

The broadcasts are also featuring programmes from the young women
producers who belong to Generation Next provide insights into the
reality of young women dealing with violence within their families and
also within relationships.

In an effort to demonstrate community radio as a safe space for the
broadcast participants to link to the global theme, FemLINKPACIFIC has
localized the theme connecting it to the monthly “1325” network
discussions on Women, Peace and Human Security using a UN Security
Resolution 1325 lens.  UNSCR1325 reaffirms that women are crucial
partners in shoring up the three pillars of lasting peace: economic
recovery, social cohesion and political system. 

The recent UN Security
Council Open Debate on UNSCR1325 was reminded that it is not possible
to create a legitimate and durable post-conflict political system that
does not include full and equal participation of women in decision
making.

Community media, including community radio continues to enable women
to talk about issues closest to them. To connect processes and define
where the transformation is needed as women continue to highlight the
lack of health facilities in remote communities such as in Bua and Udu
as well as the high cost of living and the difficulty women are facing
to find employment. During the first day’s broadcasts the
infrastructure priorities that women highlight for their personal
security are improvements to and provisions of street lights and
improvements to roads and drainage.

Interesting that these are the priorities raised on the day that we learn from a 2012 Budget brief that Fiji’s military budget has been increased by $5.2 million “due to the additional 42 troops for the
Iraq Mission” with an additional $550000 allocated for military
infrastructure upgrade. This is the same amount allocated to the
Women’s Plan of Action which is focused on “(providing) training to
women in the rural and urban areas and in the process assist in the
implementing of their projects that promotes the social and
empowerment of women” while an additional $300K is provided for
repairs and maintenance of Health facilities, including health Centres
and 103 Nursing Stations in the 4 divisions.

According to The Center for Women’s Global Leadership this year’s
theme brings to the fore the ways in which the violence we encounter
is often profoundly influenced by national, regional, and
international policies and practices, and challenges us to act in
solidarity to promote an end to militarism and violence against women,
says Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director

Efforts in the Pacific to date to apply UN Security Council Resolution
1325 to Security Sector Governance have been closely connected to the
theme of the celebrate 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

The international campaign seizes power of hundreds local
organizations worldwide to raise awareness about gender-based
violence.

The global campaign started on November 25, the International Day for
the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends 16 days later on
December 10th, International Human Rights Day. 

Since 1991, over 3,700
organizations from 164 countries have supported the 16 Days Campaign.
………..
Pacific Links to Global Community Radio Campaign:

Young Women Producers and Broadcasters known as Generation Next in
Fiji and Tonga will be conducting close to a total of 300 hours of
dedicated programming on community radio stations that are linked to
the Regional Women’s Media and Policy Network on UN Security Council
Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security).

They are part of network of community radio producers from
Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin
America and the Caribbean who are dedicate another 16 days campaign to
highlight the effort of women and men working to put an end to gender
violence.

In Fiji, FemTALK 89.2FM’s three simultaneous broadcasts are being
conducted in Suva, Labasa and Nadi while Generation Next Tonga take to
the airwaves in the inaugural 16 days community radio campaign in
Tonga on 98FM “Le’o ‘o e Kakai” (Voice of the People) which is the
station operated by Ma’afafine moe Famili based in Nukualofa.

To launch the 16days campaign in Tonga, Lepolo Taunisila the national
focal point of the Regional Rights Resource Training team focused her
message on the promotion of Zero Violence against Women and Children
to provide peace and security for women. 

Other civil society partners
who will be taking to the airwaves on 98FM include the Talitha
Project, Tonga National Leadership and Development Forum, Tonga
Leiti’s Association, Tonga Street Boys, the Centre for Women and
Children as well as the Friendly Islands Human Rights and Democracy
Movement.

The Tonga broadcast team will also be participating in a series of
“16 days” campaign events including a candlelight vigil (November 27),
as well as a float parade to commemorate World AIDS Day (December 1).

The community radio broadcasts from November 25th to December 10th
2011, link to the campaign of the Women's International Network
of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-WIN).
AMARC-WIN is using an Internet campaign to denounce all kinds of
gender violence comprising radio shows from around the world. 

The
audio documents and other information will be available on
www.amarc.org/16days
The programs featured will include documentaries, interviews, debates,
poetry, music and much more. 

This multilingual broadcast campaign
mobilizes community radios around a global issue and encourages them
to use new communication technologies such as the Internet to extend
the reach of their voices. You can already listen to programs at the
following link:
http://www.amarc.org/index.php?p=16_Days_Against_Violence_on_Women_2011_audios

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings
together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations
and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main
global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to
accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio
sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the
right to communicate at the international, national, local and
neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the
community radio movement through solidarity, networking and
Cooperation.

……ends

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Executive Director 
femLINKPACIFIC
+6799244871 (Mobile) 
+6793310303 (Office DL)
www.femlinkpacific.org.fj


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