We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Unstoppable youth reporter from Lusaka, Zambia, Beatrice Phiri was recently featured in the Marie Claire Magazine. In the article she talks about her work as a climate activist, and how she is helping shape a new environmental future for Zambia and the continent.
Click here to read the article. All photos are by Sydelle Willow Smith.
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...
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
An average of 16 people are killed every day through gun violence in South Africa. Youth reporters from Alex FM in Gauteng share their thoughts and feelings about guns and violence.
The youth talk about the many incidents of violence where guns have had a major and devastating effect. This audio piece forms part of our new project, in partnership with the European Union and Gun Free South Africa, which gets young people to ignite community dialogues about youth experiences of violence, to promote safer communities.
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How can we make our communities safer? How can young people contribute to feeling safe in their own communities in South Africa? We recently launched a 2-year project in partnership with Gun Free South Africa, with funding support from the European Union.
Using the power of radio, youth broadcasters will ignite community dialogues about youth experiences of violence, and get young people involved in making their communities safer.
This audio report spoke to some people attending our launch event in Cape Town on August 3rd, to hear more about the project and experiences of violence in different communities.
Take a listen.