On 21.10.2019 the Day of Feminist Radio took place for the second time in a row. Following the international radio conference Claim The Waves in Zurich, Switzerland 2018, this radio- and editorial-spanning day of action was jointly celebrated by 8 free radio stations in German-speaking countries. This year, already 16 radio stations have broadcast the Feministischer Radiotag in whole or in part. The 24h programme featured contributions from a total of 19 radios, projects and editorial offices.

This year, bermudafunk (Mannheim/Heidelberg, D), Radio blau (Leipzig, D), Radio Dreyeckland (Freiburg i.Br./D), Radio Helsinki (Graz, A), Radio LoRa (Zurich, CH), onda/npla, FREIRAD (Innsbruck, A), Radio Orange 94,0 (Vienna, A), Radio Corax (Halle, S..) took part in the Feminist Radio Day 2019, D), Radio T (Chemnitz, D), Free Radio Neumünster (D), Datscha Radio (Berlin, D), frrapó (Potsdam, D), Radio Slubfurt (Frankfurt/O.), Radio Z (Nuremberg, D), Radio LOHRO (Rostock, D), Wüste Welle (Tübingen/ Reutlingen, D), WINGS (North America.

Although there are historical precursor projects of this kind of networking and joint broadcasting, e.g. Interconneciones, unfortunately much knowledge has been lost over the years. This may be due not least to the frequent changes of participants typical for free community radios and alternative projects.

The next international conference Claim The Waves will take place from 9 to12 July 2020 in Vienna, Austria. The supporting programme will include a feminist radio programme for 100 hours, for which an Open Call will also be published at the beginning of 2020.

Anyone who knows more about the history of feminist radio days, has contacts, documentaries, etc. is cordially invited to share these with us in order to be able to continue such important networking projects in the best possible way and not let them sink into oblivion.

Interested parties can subscribe to the CTW information list, the contact details can be found on the website, as well as a more detailed documentation, which will be published in the next few days: http://claimthewaves.noblogs.org

Today is International Feminist Radioday! The International Feminist Radioday today will feature over 24 hours of feminist content from over 12 editorial teams in 3 german-speaking countries. The  broadcasts will include content against the patriarchy with feminist music, interviews, stories, features, shows and discussions.

Why do we need a feminist radioday?

According to a study by the ZHAW less than 39% of the people who shape what we listen and see in Switzerland are women. ProQuote claims that only 2 of 12 public radio stations are directed by women. In these statistics people who identify as trans*, inter or non-binary are not even visible. Chief editors are usually male, the images of women and girls in media are full of clichés, many journalists suffer from sexual assaults at their workplace, topics are distributed according to gender roles – the list of reasons to focus on feminist media coverage is long. Community radios are non-commercial, open and self-determined and have therefore functioned as platform for those, who’s voices are often not heard. The working conditions for women, inter, non-binary and trans are therefore less harsh than in mainstream media. Nonetheless patriarchal power-structures are also present in our field of work. It is mostly male voices which we hear, also in community radio.  In 2017 many editorial teams met for the feminist radio event “Claim the Waves” in Zurich. They decided to network and annually claim the airwaves together on the 21st of October. Feminist journalism means to these editorial teams, that they broadcast their own views, music, topics and listen to people and stories which are usually ignored.

The program schedule is available on https://claimthewaves.noblogs.org

Community radio stations must incorporate the gender perspective in their organisational structures and content, as indicated in paragraph “J” of the Beijing Platform for Action

STRASBOURG, 28/09/2017. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a landmark Recommendation on Gender Equality in the Audiovisual Sector.
This follows the Council of Europe’s Sarajevo Conference Declaration which was adopted in August 2015 under the Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

The recommendation was drafted by a wide range of international experts from funds and broadcasters in Council of Europe member states, with feedback from representatives of prominent industry bodies and academics.

It is the first ever pan-European recommendation to acknowledge the problems inherent in the industry from a gender perspective, including:

– the lack of awareness of the prevalence of gender inequality;
– the conscious and unconscious gender bias at all levels and
– the unequal distribution of funding for audiovisual content among women and men;

and to promote a variety of practical solutions to address these issues.

The recommendation invites governments of Council of Europe member states to:

– review their legislation and policies;
– collect, monitor and publish data;
– support research;
– encourage the ongoing development of media literacy and
– enhance the accountability processes.

It also contains a detailed series of monitoring methods and performance indicators to assist all sectors of the audiovisual industry in collecting data and taking coherent action on their findings. In addition, there is a handy list of reference tools for developing knowledge in this sector. Outreach events will be held to disseminate best practice and share know-how.

The Eurimages film fund was instrumental in providing know-how for the content of the recommendation alongside the CDCPP (Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape) and in fact Eurimages has a whole series of measures aimed at furthering gender equality in the film industry. See: https://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eurimages/gender/gender_en.asp

EURIMAGES is a support fund for cinema co-production, theatrical distribution and exhibition established by the Council of Europe in 1988 (Eurimages@coe.int –https://www.coe.int/Eurimages).

Since it was set up in 1988, EURIMAGES has supported 1862 European co-productions for a total amount of approximately €553 million.

On 7 and 8 December 2015 stakeholders including Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) members, UN organizations, high-level government representatives, regional and international development organizations, private sector, media organizations and civil society organizations gathered at Palais des Nations in Geneva to dialogue about the necessity of international development cooperation on gender and media.

This meeting was organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Government of Greece, GAMAG, ITU, UN Women, OHCHR and other UN organizations.

Over 200 participants from 65 countries actively engaged in discussions covering subjects and challenges related to media and gender through a series of high-level plenary sessions and thematic round tables.

Stakeholders unanimously agreed on the Geneva Framework on Gender and Media International Development Cooperation.