Community Radio is popularly known as the mouthpiece of the youth. A recent radio audience survey done at the initiative of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) shows that among the broadcasters and volunteers working in the community radios are local college students and youth from marginalized societies. The broadcasters and volunteers themselves collect information for news and programmes, edit them in panels and finally present them for broadcasting.
As a result of the CR the very poor and the marginalized people now have a platform to directly express their concerns in public. The platform has created opportunities for the voiceless to make their voices heard.
Giving voice to the voiceless and marginalized
Community radio stations help empower people at the grass root level. It's a participative tool that gives voice to the voiceless and marginalized and helps keep alive the language, dialect, oral and folk traditions of the community paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable society.
Since 2007 UNICEF has actively supported NGO partners in four states to set up community radio stations.
UNICEF has provided not just technical support to the NGOs in the form of setting up the studio but also helped build capacities of community reporters and station managers by providing technical skill building and training in marketing, sales and promotion.
Role of Information Communication Technology for Empowering Rural Women
by Arpita Sharma, Ph.D, Dept. of Agricultural Communication of G. B. Pant University at Pantnagar, India
Today is the era of Information Communication Technology (ICT). Various ICT tools are used to educate and inform the rural people. For generations, rural people have been living in complete isolation without much access to modern media of communication. The development of a society largely depends on the access to information. Even though we live in the modern era, today, in the rural areas, women are suffering from various problems such as less accessibility to modern information sources. .... more
Role of Community Radio for Women's Empowerment
This is a continuation of two-part blog beginning with "Role of Information Communication Technology for Empowering Rural Women
" by Arpita Sharma, based upon her research.