AMARC Europe is joining the International Women’s Day 2020 campaign

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted in 1995 at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing/China. AMARC Europe supports the The Beijing Declaration’s resolutions fully in order to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls, fight women’s economic independence and the structural reasons for economic fractions, to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, ensure equal access to and equal treatment of women in education and health care and enhance women’s sexual and reproductive health as well as education and promote and protect all human rights of women and girls and include men to participate in all actions to achieve full equality.

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign I am Generation Equality campaignis bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create a gender-equal world. However, there is still a way to go: “But even though there has been progress, no country has achieved gender equality. Our best hasn’t been good enough. Challenges remain for all countries, although many of them are not insurmountable.” says the statement of the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on this year’s topic.

Media as Key Promotor for Gender Equality

Local, national and international media outlets remain an impactful daily source of information, discourse and exchange platform for a majority of persons in Europe and around the world. Who appears in and creates the news, which angles are been used to report on women and gender equality, how women are portrayed and what is been left out matters as structures and systems of discrimination and inequality are been reinforced through media systems.

The data on women in media, however, is unambiguous: in Europe only 24% of persons who are interviewed, or the focus of a news item are female and only 2 of 12 public radio stations in Germany are directed by women. Women’s points of view are rarely heard in the topics that dominate the news agenda; even in stories that affect women profoundly, such as gender-based violence, it is the male voice that prevails.

AMARC Europe fights for Gender Equality

AMARC Europe emphasizes the importance of the role played by women in the field of communication, media production and community media and identifies key areas for the continuous fight for women representation and gender equality on and off air:

  • Women’s access to the airwaves:Women need to have access to the airwaves, in terms of the ability to make their own programmes about political and social issues and entertainment, and also to have programmes that deal with women’s issues.
  • Women’s representation on air: Encourage the representation of women in their diversity, and do not emphasise stereotyped roles, such as within the family, for women. Ensure that all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, etc are treated with respect and dignity in all aspects of the content broadcast on the station, whether in editorial content or advertisements aired.
  • The special needs of minority women: The diversity of women’s experiences needs to be recognised, and space should be created for women who have faced further forms discrimination, oppression or neglect by commercial and state media. This includes special provisions for including differently abled women, women from minority ethnic, caste or indigenous backgrounds and women from sexual minorities, such as lesbians and transgenders.
  • Women’s representation at all levels of station management: Community radio has better women’s representation than either commercial or government-owned/ public media. However, women are still massively under-represented, particularly in areas of decision-making and technical skills and there are too many stations where there is no effective representation of women.
  • The use of appropriate technology: While some women are proficient in the use of information technologies, there remains a gendered digital divide and the majority are not. Women are often excluded from the use of technology, including the use of traditional technology, such as operating a radio studio. It is important to acknowledge this gendered digital divide and overcome it, through both dedicated technical training by and for women and investment in appropriate technology.
  • Funding and capacity building for women’s radio: Capacity building is a key component for achieving gender parity. This does not only apply to capacity building for women involved in the station, but for both men and women so that they can work together to build a safe, nurturing and supportive environment where all feel able to contribute their best to all aspects of station success.

AMARC Europe calls on its over 250 members in over 20 European countries, friends and colleagues from the (community) media and communication field to make gender equality reality and contribute to this year’s International Women’s Day theme “I am Generation Equality – Realizing Women’s Rights”

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

Una serie de audio

En 2015, 20 años después de la Declaración de Beijing, es el momento de reflexionar sobre los avances o retrocesos acheived estas dos últimas décadas. Con esto en mente, el Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC) está produciendo, con el apoyo de ONU Mujeres, Una campaña de radio internacional relacionado con Beijing 20. La serie de audio ofrecerá una perspectiva comparativa entre 1995 y 2015: de donde estábamos, a donde estamos ahora, con las historias de los productores participantes en todo el mundo.

El objetivo de este serie es mejorar la comprensión de los temas de la Plataforma de Acción de Beijing y destacar lo que ha cambiado para las mujeres desde la Conferencia celebrada en Beijing hace 20 años. AMARC siente esta es una oportunidad única para generar debate y conversación sobre empowerement, derechos de la mujer y espera que se dedicará a una nueva generación sobre estas importantes cuestiones.

Por favor, venir a visitar esta página a menudo, ya que contará con las producciones de audio e información acerca de los problemas y la de las mujeres Beijing 20 actividades conexas.

Escuche la serie de audio, descargar y compartir las producciones!