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We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives

During the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban last month, two of our young reporters were interviewed by BBC’s Focus on Africa show. They shared their thoughts about issues faced by young people in their countries around HIV/AIDS and stigma.

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A powerful Call to Action was formulated by youth in the AIDS 2016 pre-conference session ‘In Our Voice’. Click the link to read the demands of youth for holistic efforts to address the realities that young people face that are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

In Our Voice Youth Call to Action

 

©International AIDS Society/Marcus Rose

©International AIDS Society/Marcus Rose

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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