We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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
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, bringing a ‘hard talk’ youth...
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...
We are excited to announce the results of our call for proposal to improve youth participation on community radio stations in Liberia. And the winners are: Radio Gbarnga in Bong county, Voice of Rural Montserrado in Montserrado county and Peace FM in Margibi county.
These three winning radio stations gave the strongest practical ideas on how to increase and sustain active youth participation and to strengthen the radio station itself, in order to continue to provide a sound broadcast platform where young people can add their voices to crucial conversations that address issues affecting them, such as Ebola.
Shirk Sonii, CRF’s country coordinator reports on his visit to one of the stations: “Radio Gbarnga has a very huge listening audience in central Liberia, compared to other stations in the region. An audience map developed for the station… suggests the station has more than six hundred thousand listeners. Our partnership with them...