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  1. Strengthening and training the indigenous communicators network of Peru

    Peru has about nine million indigenous citizens, who speak 43 different languages. However, there are high rates of extreme poverty among the indigenous population and they suffer constant violations of their fundamental rights. In this context, timely access to information is a means for these peoples’ progress and integrated development.

  2. Capacity Building of Indigenous People on Radio Journalism and Programme Production

    Though there are a large number of newspapers, weeklies, television channels and radio stations, access to media is still a privilege enjoyed by upper and middle class people. The indigenous communities in the country's northern part and those living in Chittagong hill tracts are the most marginalized and disadvantageous groups of people. They are hardly represented in the mainstream media. Consequently their issues and concerns remain largely unexpressed.

  3. Strengthening freedom of expression, gender education and access to information for indigenous communities through radio

    The Mexican government has sided with radio and TV monopolies owned by private capital. Alternative and cultural radio stations are still excluded from the Mexican radio and television law. Only a few broadcasting community and cultural radios have licenses, due to social pressure and the work of civil organizations. Indigenous communities which since centuries have been excluded and relegated to poverty and marginalization, need media access to freely express their voices and to participate in public decision making.

  4. Building capacity of indigenous community journalists and activists in Cambodia and Thailand to report and produce content on indigenous people’s issues through community media

    This project promotes the indigenous peoples’ right to to all forms of media and to produce their own media content, through building the capacity of the networks’ members in journalism skills and creating platforms and means for them to reach out to other relevant stakeholders.

  5. Strengthening freedom of expression, gender education and access to information for indigenous communities through radio

    Indigenous communities in Mexico have long since been excluded and relegated to poverty and marginalization, urgently requiring access to media platforms in order to freely express their voices and to participate in public decision making. Radio Huayacocotla La Voz de los Campesinos (Radio Huaya) has been able to contribute to the exercise of these rights, despite the adversities. Nahuatl, Tepehua and Otomi indigenous people and the Spanish-speaking peasants are the main actors who participate in the Radio.

  6. Radio broadcasting and production training service with a view to the socio-cultural development of the indigenous populations of Central America and Panama

    This project is a contribution to the socio-cultural development of Indigenous Peoples, especially the women, of Guatemala and Nicaragua. The objective is to train indigenous leaders in the knowledge and use of Communications, especially radio, as an instrument in the fight against racism and discrimination. The training activities will emphasize proper management of journalistic media.

  7. Training journalists in freedom of expression and indigenous rights

    This project proposes to train and debrief journalists on the problematic issue of discrimination that affects the indigenous populations of Guatemala. At the same time, it intends to broadcast images and material from the life of indigenous populations through local channels.

  8. Community communication for the eradication of violence against indigenous women of Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala

    This regional project involves community women communicators in Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala, with the aim of equipping them with increased knowledge and tools to help end violence against women in communities, particularly against indigenous women. It is based on common characteristics that affect the lives of indigenous women in their communities. The project has been devised by representatives of the Women's Networking Association of Community Radio Broadcasters in all three of the above countries, but will be coordinated in Mexico.

  9. Protecting the Rights of Sarawak Indigenous Groups through Citizens Media

    In terms of broadcasting, all stations in Sarawak are either under the Information Ministry or commercial broadcasters, leaving no room for community media. Strong laws such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act and the Official Secrets Act prevent the media from being independent and plural. Communities that lack resources or political connections cannot have their own newspaper or radio station. As a result, there are no community media in any format that exist to support indigenous communities and individuals.

  10. Strengthening of the Rural Communication through Training in the Production and Transmission of Programs in Indigenous Languages and Spanish

    Radio XHFCE 105.5 FM La Voz de los Campesinos, former Radio Huayacocotla, is one of the few community radio broadcasts with legal permission that has survived the political and social struggle. Radio has been a communication link among the communities in this region, their cultural manifestation and their day-to-day life, their social issues as well as their projects and achievements. Communications in these areas are relatively restrained. This makes radio transmissions crucial for communication in the region.

  11. Supporting voices of indigenous peoples through training on alternative communication media

    Nicaragua’s indigenous communities have little access to the media, meaning they do not have a platform from which to voice concerns on the besiegement and usurpation of their lands and hence to define their future. Furthermore, the national media fails to convey their aspirations to live on their territories in accordance with their customs, stereotyping them as delinquents and/or land thieves. Local access to a means of communication is therefore vital for the indigenous communities of Nicaragua.

  12. Strengthening Rural, Indigenous, and Community Communication in Mexico

    Radio 'La voz de los Campesinos', created in 1965, was the first community radio in México. Since then, its purposes has been to serve as a communication bridge between the 1000 communities of the states of Veracruz, Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosí. Otomí, Nahua, and Tepehua indigenous groups live in those states. The radio has helped spread the traditions of these indigenous groups, as well as promoting their rights and giving a voice to farmers.

  13. Indigenous Reporter Women

    In Costa Rica, medias are well developed, but they do not always coincide with the democratic spirit of the country. It counts with almost 110 radio stations that broadcast their programmes, but they are still generally concentrated in the central part of the country, although the community radios make the exception. There is a large variety of weekly reviews and publications, but their news coverage remains limited, and sometimes with very low quality.

  14. Radio training for indigenous community communicators

    The media panorama in Venezuela, as in the rest of Latin America, is facing major new challenges. The media reality in the Andean Region and in Latin America is in general similar. Most radio and television frequencies and the main newspapers are owned by a very few private companies. At the same time, Venezuela faces the challenge of taking responsibility for making the new information technologies (ICTs) available to all and to conveying knowledge properly to the most vulnerable, isolated population groups.

  15. Communication: Key element for personal and social development in indigenous communities

    As a society it is essential to recognize and contribute towards the respect of indigenous peoples’ human rights. The universal values of freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, respect for others, and respect for cultures and languages, are essential in the safeguarding of respectful relations between human beings, communities and societies, and in order to address this issue it is important to first look at the sociocultural diversity of a country.
     

  16. Creation of a Mayan Communication Network (REFCOMAYA)

    In Guatemala, more than 60 % of the population is indigenous and speaks one of the 24 languages (22 Mayas and the Garifunas) which exist in the country. This segment of the population is also the poorest in the region. The exclusion of the Indigenous people is also reflected in the communication ambit. The radio, TV and printed media are in Spanish and focus on the problems and the context of Guatemala City, a situation which prevents the indigenous people from receiving information about their own situation, and also isolates them from the rest of the country.

  17. Creation of two community media centres for youth in the rural and indigenous states of Campeche and Chiapas

    Rural and indigenous communities in Mexico are culturally and traditionally patriarchal and adult-centered. In this context, women are discriminated against, and girls even more so due to their age. That is why it is crucial to focus work on girls and on generating a culture of participatory work as opposed to focusing on adults and machoism. Despite the fact that the association Community Communication has worked with all age groups, it considers that working with children and youth creates a greater impact on the long-term social development of a community.

  18. Strengthening of Ak'kutan FM: Radio for the Maya of Southern Belize

    The communities in the south are isolated and indigenous ? Mopan and Q'eqchi' Maya. Unfortunately, radio cannot reach many of these villages due to the terrain. This is particularly problematic because these villages also are home to poor, marginalized indigenous people who need access to information and communications technologies. It is imperative that local Maya receive accurate and up-to-date information. Given its accessibility and cost-effectiveness, community radio represents a democratic and participatory medium. People can be united by community radio.

  19. CBU: Building capacity to improve indigenous audiovisual content in the Caribbean

    The Caribbean has a varied level of media development, with Trinidad and Jamaica being the most sophisticated and Dominica and Guyana the least. This is a function of internal capacity and reflects in the local content production, quantitatively and qualitatively. The Caribbean TV landscape is almost totally dominated by imported U.S. Television, and there is also a clear and urgent need for production capacity building for both men and women producers in order to foster greater capability for the region to develop more in the area of freedom of expression.

  20. Community radio for the people of Trelawny Town Maroons for empowerment and protection of indigenous culture

    The Maroons, a group residing in Jamaica’s Accompong State, face development challenges concerning education and the dissemination of cultural heritage. The establishment of a community media outlet could address these challenges, although this has not been possible due to a lack of adequate financial and human capital. This project therefore seeks to launch a sustainable community radio station in Accompong that will allow residents to formally capture and share their cultural heritage.
     

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