The Potential of Community Radio Empowering Communities, Informing Policy - Handbook

The women's UN Network announces a report on women and community radio.
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This is an excerpt from the introduction:
Women had long recognised that while in the past decades there has been an increase in the number of newspapers and publica- tions, commercial radio and television and digital media, women’s representation in the media has been minimal. And in order to play a key role in society and in their develop- ment, women needed to be informed on what was going on around them and also have a means to speak on what was happen- ing and have their voices heard – which could only be possible through having their own media.

It was this notion of empowerment which gave birth in 2000 to femLINKPACIFIC: Media Initiatives for Women. The founders of femLINKPACIFIC had realised during the Blue Ribbon Peace Vigil throughout Fiji’s political crisis in 2000, that women’s peace efforts con- tinued to be marginalised from the main- stream of decision making, and that in order to create greater visibility and understanding of women’s peace efforts, there was a need to provide alternative and additional viewpoints and analysis to the mainstream media cover- age.