We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Listen to Nqobani Phohlo, a 13 year old young reporter from Inanda FM in KwaZulu-Natal advocating for improved services through differentiated care for transgender people. Nqobani asks for popular media to create sexual health and HIV/AIDS messaging that is inclusive regardless of your gender and sexuality. He urges for discrimination and stigma to be removed from people who identify as transgender.
“Transgender people have human rights too. They are like everyone. They shouldn’t be treated like aliens. We need to treat them with the same respect that we would give someone who is cis-gendered. Transgender people have different [healthcare] needs too. Transgender women that are sex workers are usually victims of rape and physical abuse. Stats prove that transgender people are 49 times more at risk of living with HIV versus general population…because of stigma, discrimination, GBV and social exclusion. Differentiated care...
As Cape Town prepared to becoming the first city in the world to run out of water, there has been a big focus on the supply, demand and management of water in the city. While Day Zero, the day when the water system is predicted to run dry, has been moved, the effects of the drought are far from over.
On World Water, March 22nd, our water story produced by youth journalist Elethu Rotsho and BBC radio journalist Sophie Ribstein was featured on the BBC. “In my community, indeed people are more and more worried if all the taps run dry.” 17-year-old Elethu reports from Khayelitsha, South Africa about the extreme water crisis affecting Cape Town residents. Take a listen.
To celebrate World Radio Day, the Queen’s Young Leaders organization in the United Kingdom ‘Leading Change‘ published a story about one of our former youth reporters, now CRF partner – Brighton Kaoma.
Brighton is the director of our partner organization in Zambia, the Agents of Change Foundation and he shared his story of meeting President Barrack Obama at the end of last year in a message to all his supporters. Read his message to his ‘guardian angels’ on the Queen’s Young Leaders website.
According to Gun Free South Africa, a woman dies at the hands of an intimate partner every 8 hours in South Africa. Living free from violence is our human right. With the support of a journalism fellowship, youth reporters in South Africa use the platform of radio to speak out against gender based violence and domestic violence.
The following radio features were produced through a journalism fellowship from the Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF) and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa (NSM), in partnership with the Children’s Radio Foundation. The fellowship is associated with the HBF and NSM’s EU-funded project Enhancing the State’s Response to GBV: Paying the True Costs. Together we are enhancing public awareness of domestic violence and intimate partner violence, the services and shelters for abused women, and stand in support of women’s issues. Take a listen.
Feature 1: Women’s Shelters and the services they offer Read More
This World Children’s Day, children and youth took centre stage! Along with UNICEF in Zambia and South Africa, we planned a number of exciting #kidstakeover activities within the professional media sector and at the National Assembly of Zambia.
World Children’s Day is a global day celebrated each year on November 20th, where children around the world came together to help save children’s lives, to fight for their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. The idea is that World Children’s Day is ‘brought by children to children.’ We had young reporters represented in the broadcast media on television and radio, and in the print media. And young people in Zambia took part in a parliamentary caucus on children, voicing their opinions on health, education and many more issues.
In South Africa, our youth reporters were featured as guests on national radio SAFM, speaking with Naledi Moleo on her show, and also with Shado Twala...