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 onhttps://claimthewaves.noblogs.org
estaciones de radio Comunidad deben incorporar la perspectiva de género en sus estructuras y el contenido de organización, tal como se indica en el apartado “J” de la Plataforma de Acción de Beijing
Montreal, 6 de marzo de 2015. La Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC) está uniendo fuerzas con la UNESCO y la Alianza Mundial en Medios y Género para la iniciativa de 2015 Las Mujeres Hacen la Noticia . Bajo el lema''¡Sí debemos! Alcanzar la igualdad de género en los medios de comunicación en 2030'', esta iniciativa pretende impulsar la participación de las mujeres en todos los ámbitos de los medios de comunicación, desde la pluma hasta el micrófono, y la alta dirección.
En todo el mundo, las radios comunitarias son un lugar privilegiado en el que las mujeres pueden hacer oír su voz, encontrar un espacio para la discusión, empoderamiento y emancipación. Estas radios son vectores de la educación, la cultura, el intercambio de conocimientos y el desarrollo. A través de ellas, las mujeres pueden hacer valer su papel como principales actores sociales.
"El 8 de marzo, celebramos la contribución de las mujeres a la lucha por la libertad de expresión y el derecho a la comunicación. También aprovechamos la oportunidad de repetir que demasiadas mujeres siguen sufriendo discriminaciones en el ámbito de los medios de comunicación y que debemos trabajar hacia una representación igualitaria en las ondas“, dijo María Pía Matta, presidenta de AMARC.
A través de sus proyectos y como parte de su misión, AMARC defiende la igualdad de género y refuerza la importancia del papel que desempeñan las mujeres en el campo de la comunicación y de los medios de comunicación. Lanzado a principios de 2015,Hacia Beijing 20’’, una serie de audio internacional producido por AMARC, en colaboración con ONU Mujeres celebra las voces de las mujeres de todo el mundo, pone de relieve las cuestiones importantes relacionadas con ellas y comparte historias para apoyar esta causa universal. A través de estos programas, AMARC desea empoderar a la mujer periodista y comentarista y darles espacio en las ondas. Otra herramienta importante para lograr la igualdad de género en las estaciones de radio es la Política de Género de las Radios Comunitarias (GP4CR) que fue desarrollado por AMARC-WIN Asia Pacífico y adoptado por la Asamblea General Mundial de AMARC en 2010 en La Plata, Argentina. Está disponible en varios idiomas.
El 8 de marzo, AMARC hace un llamamiento a todos sus miembros, socios y amigos para continuar impulsando la igualdad de género y que se comprometan en reservar tiempos en las ondas iguales para las mujeres. Juntos, ¡vamos a lograr la igualdad de género en los medios de comunicación en 2030!
A través de sus servicios a los miembros, el trabajo en redes y proyectos, la Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC) reúne a más de 4,000 radios comunitarias, federaciones y aliados de radios comunitarias en más de 150 países. La Red Internacional de Mujeres (WIN) de AMARC es una gran asamblea de mujeres comunicadoras que trabajan para asegurar el derecho de las mujeres a participar y a comunicarse a través del movimiento de la radio comunitaria.
En el camino a BEIJING 20: Una serie de audio producido por AMARC, en colaboración con ONU Mujeres
En septiembre de 1995, Beijing, China, dio la bienvenida a miles de hombres y mujeres de todo el mundo para el Cuarta Conferencia Mundial sobre la Mujer. La igualdad de género, la defensa de los derechos humanos y la dignidad humana fue el tema central de los debates.
Después del evento, el Declaración y Plataforma de Acción de Beijing fue aprobado. Se centra en doce áreas de interés: medio ambiente,pobreza, la educación y la formación, salud,los conflictos armados, violencia, economía, poder y toma de decisiones, mecanismos institucionales para el adelanto de la mujer, medios de comunicación, derechos humanosY la Chica niño.
Informe de la Red de Mujeres de la ONU-Frieda Werden attended the UN World Conferences on Women in 1975 and 1995. She has worked as a volunteer and professionally in public and community radio in the US and Canada since 1973. In 1986, she co-founded WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service; as its series producer, she internationally syndicates a weekly half-hour radio program by and about women around the world. WINGS has been honoured by the US National Federation of Community Broadcasters and Canada’s National Campus and Community Radio Association. Werden has served as North America Women’s Representative and then N.A. Vice President of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), and President of the International Association of Women in Radio and TV.
When I was a girl, it was said that the three most important means of communication were “Telephone, telegraph, and tell a woman.”
Now you could take that as an insult, or you could take it as a call to action – we know a lot, and we need to get it heard.
Ever since the ’70s, we’ve had a lot of basically internal women’s movement publications and websites. And once in a while an American football player punches out his fiancee in front of a video camera and domestic violence goes viral as an issue. Or, you raise more than a million dollars to have a women’s press room at the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. That was a media breakthrough in 1994, after 20-plus years of public denials about violence against women…. But where is the day in day out discussion with the public about women’s issues? Where can you get public space for that without paying a fortune or kowtowing to advertisers?
Radio! Community and campus radio, is what I’ve found.
Community radio is a worldwide movement committed to getting under-covered voices and ideas onto the air. Women have a major role in it, including international and regional women’s networks. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters has lobbied for decades to get licensing frameworks adopted, country by country. Community radio is big and getting bigger across the US, Canada and Latin America. In 17 countries of Europe it’s legal now, and the Community Media Forum Europe is lobbying for its full recognition as part of the “third sector.” It’s madly successful across Africa, especially since the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, where donors got on board. …Community radio was finally re-legalized in the UK a few years back, quickly leading India to legalize. Community radio has been saving lives in Nepal, former Yugoslavia, Haiti…. It’s in Jordan and at long last in Tunisia.
And you can quite probably walk into a station in your own town or call them up and say – “we have an issue we want to talk about on the air.” Start by being a guest. Then ask for a regular program. Maybe they have a women’s collective or department you can join –, or maybe you’ll want to start one.
You can access the station’s audience and bring your supporters to the station as audience. You can get free training to use the simple equipment for one or all of your group, and later advanced training to make fancy programs if you like. You can broadcast grassroots or expert interviews, round-table discussions, recordings of speeches, live coverage from rallies… anything with sound.
And for women, the kicker is : the audience has to listen to you instead of judging how you look. You can even be anonymous.
Some people like to put down community radio. They say “ah, you’re only preaching to the converted.” Well, If you don’t preach to the converted, they don’t stay converted long. Why do you think there’s church every Sunday? And with radio there’s a reach-out factor – people turn on the dial, and – “what’s this? Interesting!” Or, to be fair, they might say “Not interesting!” When you’re part of the media it’s part of your challenge to learn, stay creative, and make it interesting!
You think, Why not just write something on the internet?
There’s something about the human voice that says more, much more, than mere words. Your warmth, your guests’ passion, the music of the language can be more convincing than any essay.
Besides, bringing other people into an in-person conversation – listening to them, privileging their voices – that builds alliances. It builds community. And it builds audience.
¿Por qué no poner simplemente tu audio on the internet?
Despite the hype, not many people listen to podcasts compared to radio. While big commercial radio is going down, local radio listening is up. A recent North America survey showed even people who do listen to podcasts listen to the radio even more. And being on the radio schedule is like having a great google ranking – people know you are there.
I could exhort you all day, but let’s move on to section J [The Media section of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, unanimously adopted by participating countries in 1995 at the UN’s 4º World Conference on Women] – what’s in it for the community radio sector?
Here’s a quote: “Everywhere, the potential exists for the media to make a far greater contribution to the advancement of women.” There are women’s radio stations (one in Oslo and one in Kampala, for example); but I’ve yet to find a community station in North America with more than 35% women on the air. By world standards, that’s not bad, but let’s try harder to take up our share of space. Funders could help by supporting women’s-program coordinators. Often women choose to work collaboratively instead of hosting a one-ego show; and a paid coordinator vastly extends the life of such collaborations.
Another quote: “Women should be empowered by enhancing their skills, knowledge, and access to information technology.” Your government’s licensing of community radio stations has opened that door for you already. Step through it. Most commercial and public broadcasters today still get their start from community radio. Community media also are leaders in adapting to new technologies – you can learn from them.
Paragraph 240 calls for media systems to include women in developing regulatory mechanisms. In Canada and at the international level, community radio organizations require 50% of directors be women. These directors develop interventions with regulators – you can take part through them.
Section J objectives with respect to content can be pursued through community radio – plus, events you develop for radio can be tweeted, facebooked, photographed, videoed, turned into print documents, and splashed all over the internet. Many shows are doing that today.
Down near the bottom of section J, all three sectors– media, governments, and NGOs –are enjoined to “support the development of, and finance, as appropriate, alternative media and the use of all means of communication to disseminate information to and about women and their concerns.”
There are a few ways I see government and commercial media supporting community radio as alternative media, but also I see supports being threatened or actually removed. If you become part of this media, you’ll have a stake in these issues and follow them.
To wrap up: I’ve been working with community and public media since 1973, and syndicating a half-hour weekly radio program by and about the global women’s movement for 28 years. It’s my experience that community radio is where the openness to women’s issues and voices tends to be greatest, and I would be extremely happy to see many more women move in on that openness. .
We find in this world that it can be a quick business to destroy livelihoods and cultures, creating traumas that ring down through generations. The much harder job is to heal, and that requires building relations in community.
Birgitte Jallov of Denmark has helped build community radios in Africa for decades, and measures their impact. She told me in an interview that the number one change people attributed to the radio in all communities she studied was: “Women are being beaten up less… We’re being beaten up less.” Privileging women’s voices, ideas, skills, and solidarity has done that. It’s my hope you will adopt community radio as your own and do the same.