IWTC Women's GlobalNet #302
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide
By Mavic Cabrera Balleza
WOMEN TALK PEACE: RADIO BROADCASTS ON UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325 NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT IWTC.ORG
For the past several months, IWTC has worked in Uganda and the
Philippines -with partners and supporters- on the development of radio
broadcasts focusing on UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Women and Peace, a ground-breaking resolution passed unanimously by the UNSC in October 2000. The broadcasts are focused primarily on provisions in 1325 that ensure women’s representation and participation at all levels of decision-making on peace and security issues.
IN AFRICA (Uganda), the broadcasts were produced by IWTC in partnership with the Uganda Women's Media Association and with support from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Human Security Program, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are available online (in mp3 format) in English, Swahili and Luganda languages. https://www.iwtc.org
IN ASIA (Philippines), the broadcasts were produced by IWTC with the
support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Samuel Rubin
Foundation and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are
available online (in mp3 format) in English and Filipino.
These local and international language radio productions are part of
IWTC’s efforts to develop a core group of broadcasters, print
journalists and other media practitioners who will sustain the
information flow on UNSC res. 1325 and other relevant global policies
and legal mechanisms that support the work of women’s peace activities
The radio productions were first officially launched at the World
Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) Asia-Pacific
conference in Jakarta (November 2005), and at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security event at the 50th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2006. As part of the AMARC launch, they were also introduced during the International Women’s Day (March 8, 2006) international broadcast campaign of AMARC. Feedback from this event indicated that the African radio productions on 1325 were the most downloaded materials of all the broadcasts launched during the campaign. Similar positive feedback was received from radio stations in Africa and Asia-Pacific.
ALL OF THE LANGUAGE RADIO BROADCASTS HAVE NOW BEEN UPLOADED ONTO THE IWTC WEBSITE FOR USE BY RADIO STATIONS AND MEDIA NETWORKS WORLDWIDE.
The following are comments from a letter just received from Anne S.
Walker, former Executive Director of IWTC, now serving as IWTC Special Projects Coordinator and based in Melbourne, Australia.
“Some minutes later, while responding to correspondence and other things at my computer, the shooting and shouting started and I almost had a heart attack! I thought my little Mac Powerbook was exploding! It was the broadcast starting of course, and I was totally hypnotized by it all. I loved hearing Jessica (Nkuuhe from Isis WICCE) and the other Uganda voices as they explained the importance of UNSC res. 1325 so clearly and succinctly. And I especially loved the feeling of being on the spot and in the midst of women's peace activities in Africa.”
“Well done everyone involved, especially those who worked on the script. How extraordinarily exciting to have such a resource available worldwide for downloading and use on radio and other media networks. I can't wait to hear the Philippines broadcast that is also available online at the IWTC web site. And I have just heard that Sharon Bhagwan Rolls of Femlink in Fiji has received funding from the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) in Australia to develop more broadcasts on UNSC res.1325 in Fijian, English and Hindi languages. It couldn't be happening at a more important time in Asia/Pacific and Africa.”
(Excerpts from email received from Anne S. Walker)
The radio productions in Africa also feature excerpts from the peace
building cyber dialogues that IWTC co-organized with Isis WICCE (Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange/Kampala, Uganda) at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Forum in October 2005, in Bangkok, Thailand. The cyber dialogues were undertaken as part of the fifth anniversary commemorations of the passing of UNSC res. 1325 in October 2000.
Community radio stations and other media networks that have limited
Internet access may request copies of the radio broadcasts on CD by
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, IWTC Senior Program Associate,
777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Tel: (1-212) 687-8633, Fax: (1-212) 661-2704