IWTC Women's GlobalNet #302

Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide 


May 7, 2006

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. 

https://www.iwtc.org

 

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

worldwide.

 

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.


THIS IS A FREE SERVICE OF THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S TRIBUNE CENTRE. WE ONLY ASK THAT YOU LET US KNOW HOW AND WHEN YOU HAVE USED THE BROADCASTS.

 

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.


“Yesterday I went on to our web site and noted the new section entitled Radio Programs about UNSC resolution 1325: Women and Peace that Joeyta (Bose - IWTC Program Associate) had uploaded. Intrigued, I clicked through to the page ... and clicked on to the English radio broadcast produced in
Uganda with the Uganda Media Women's Association. As I am still new to mp3 downloading, I couldn't see if it was downloading or not and thought maybe I didn't have the right software!”

 

“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

writing to:

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

Email: <mavic@iwtc.org>

 


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