We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
An inspirational story of Theo Ndindwa who becomes a ballet dancer almost by accident, but discovers that it is his life path. Now Theo is the executive director of iKapa Dance Theatre in Cape Town.
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.
Take a listen.
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.
One of our young reporters, Monique Hansen brings the reality of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to us through this sensitive interview with a South African woman who has been cut.
February 6th 2016 was International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice can scar girls for life, endangering their health and depriving them of their rights, and the chance to reach their full potential. If we are to abandon this practice, we need to involve whole communities, and focus on raising awareness about human rights and gender equality.
Listen to the interview here, which also aired on our Radio...
February 13th is World Radio Day, a UNESCO initiative which celebrates radio as a way of educating people, providing information, and promoting freedom of expression across cultures.
This year, the UNESCO theme for World Radio Day (WRD) is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”. As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. As such, in times of emergency and disaster, Radio Saves Lives.
UNESCO first declared this as a global observance day in 2012, and is now celebrated worldwide. It is a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and youth participation over the airwaves.
In preparation for WRD, here is an opportunity to listen to some examples of radio programming made by youth from around...