We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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I am Velisa Jara and I’m a lesbian from Khayelitsha, Cape Town in South Africa. I’m a photographer. I am good at teamwork, leading young people, communicating and giving youth advice. What is important to me is to be treated equally. Sometimes when people treat me badly, I’m scared to live in my community. I wish I could be treated like someone’s sister or someone’s friend, and not like an alien in my own community. Then I’d feel free and safe.
Radio is powerful. It gives youth the space to speak about their issues and have the platform to share their own experiences, live. One of the most important radio pieces that I’ve been involved in was an audio drama that we did with Siyaziwa, a young reporter group from Khayelitsha. It was an LGBTI audio drama where we were telling our own stories. I learnt how to create my own character and script in the drama story. We recorded it and the...
We’re Live! Our Pop-up radio station at the International AIDS Conference in Durban is live and our young reporters from Tanzania, Zambia, Ivory Coast, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) start broadcasting full time on Tuesday 19 July.
To join the estimated 8 million listeners across Africa, find our live radio streaming link. Our team of 16 youth reporters have honed their radio skills in the areas of research, interviewing, and content production. They are all involved in regular broadcasting and “narrowcasting” at their respective local community and school stations. With the pop-up station at AIDS 2016, they hope to foster youth expression, debate, and to keep decision-makers on their toes and hold them to account.
The young reporters will challenge delegates and experts to engage with them on topics such as stigma, LGBTI issues, treatment and youth-friendly services,...
Ahead of AIDS 2016, we hand over to some of our CRF interns to share their ideas and opinions on radio, and expectations of the global HIV/AIDS conference that they will be attending in Durban, South Africa from July 18 – 22.
I’m Yolanda Pityoi. I’m a bubbly, friendly, talkative and sometimes shy person. I use my voice to address or open conversations with young people to talk about some of the issues we face as youth. I like talking and listening to people, especially strangers, just to get a different perspective on things. I have this love for teens because they are so clever and honest.
As a young person growing up in a village where there was little access to health care services, I have always been disturbed by how we are so negligent about infectious diseases and viruses that we are exposed to. Now I live in Cape Town and have the opportunity to be involved in that sector, addressing issues...
Our 16 young reporters from five African countries amplifying youth voices this July at the International AIDS Society Conference – AIDS 2016.
While new HIV infections have declined since 2000, adolescent HIV-related deaths have risen sharply, especially among 15- to 19-year-old males, calling for youth sensitive policies, approaches, and messaging to better engage those youth who are most at risk. Operating out of a pop up radio booth on site, our experienced reporters will have the opportunity to interview leading scientists and policy makers from around the world, and along with other youth in attendance, will develop their own ‘call to action’ for adolescent HIV policy. They will challenge delegates and experts to engage with them on HIV/AIDS related topics such as stigma, LGBTI issues, treatment and youth-friendly services, bringing a ‘hard talk’ youth angle to this important global...
As we gear up to our exciting activities at the International AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban in July, we share this inspiring interview that one of our Young Reporters did with Justice Edwin Cameron, who is one of the main plenary speakers at the Conference.
Justice Cameron is a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and is a prominent figure in South African gay-rights and HIV/AIDS activism. He was hailed by Nelson Mandela as “one of South Africa’s new heroes”. Cameron was the first, and remains the only, senior South African official to state publicly that he is living with HIV/AIDS.
Gugu Sibanyoni from Alex FM led this interview with Justice Edwin Cameron so eloquently on the topic of being gay and living with HIV and how can we transform the health sector to be youth friendly.