Giving a Voice to Women: Establishing the Community Radio Station 'Radio Nari Aawaj'

Giving a Voice to Women: Establishing the Community Radio

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Year when project approved: 
2011
Approved budget: 
US$22 000.00

Nepal's media sector has made great advances in the past two decades, with the introduction of laws ensuring press freedom paving the way for private and community involvement in the media. Today, more than 11 television channels broadcast from Kathmandu, and over 237 radio stations operate within the country, including a substantial number of community radio stations. Community radio has the proven potential to enable marginalized communities to exercise their right to knowledge and information, including them in policy and decision-making processes, and promoting the diversity of their cultural expression. This project will launch a community radio station entitled 'Radio Nari Aawaj' ('Radio Women's Voice'), to target rural women from the Jumla district, who at present suffer from high levels of illiteracy and low representation within the media. Studio and transmitting equipment will be provided, and at least 30 women will be trained on radio operation techniques and programme production. A five-year strategic plan will also be developed to ensure continuity and sustainability. In achieving its goal, this project will result in a community radio station operated by a trained staff of local women, capable of facilitating self-expression and the sharing of information and knowledge. OBJECTIVE To develop a strategic plan, and provide equipment and training support in order to launch a community radio station, operated by, and aimed at, women living in the remote Jumla District of Nepal.

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IPDC Bureau meeting nº: 
55

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Budget
Budget code: 
355NEP5001

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Beneficiary
Beneficiary name: 
'Hamro Aawaj, Hamro Sarokar' (Our Voice, Our Concern)
Beneficiary description: 
'Hamro Aawaj, Hamro Sarokar' (Our Voice, Our Concern) is a non-governmental organization, officially established in 2009 by female community-members from the Jumla District. It has 25 members and offers individual membership to any Nepalese woman resident in the Jumla District. The institutional framework of 'Hamro Aawaj, Hamro Sarokar' also includes 10 local organizations.
Beneficiary address: 
Chandannath VDC-7 Jumla Nepal

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Beneficiary phone: 
+977 87 520 220
Location and contacts
UNESCO
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Tehri Ylikoski, t.ylikoski@unesco.org;

UNESO Field Office:

Project contacts: 

Ms. Hari Devi Rokaya, Vice Chairperson, 'Hamro Aawaj, Hamro Sarokar', haridevirokaya@gmail.com;

Project place: 
Chandannatha, Jumla District

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