Dimitra Newsletter 24, December 2013
Dimitra newsletter 24 highlights experiences of development approaches that are helping in the fight against poverty in rural areas. Reducing rural poverty is one of FAO’s strategic objectives for the coming years, to which the Dimitra project is making a special contribution. It outlines the project’s most recent activities and achievements, especially the development and growing impact of the Dimitra listeners’ clubs.
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Dimitra community listeners’ clubs: A unique approach
What is it that makes the Dimitra community listeners’ clubs so special? This fact sheet answers that question by highlighting the eight key features that are crucial to the functioning of the Dimitra listeners’ clubs, and which make the approach unique.
13 February is World Radio Day — 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 gender equality over the airwaves.
As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. It is essential to furthering UNESCO’s commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Community listeners’ clubs empower rural women and men
Give women access to information and the possibility to communicate and they will change the world. That is the premise behind the FAO Dimitra community listeners’ clubs – groups of rural women, but also men and young people, who meet regularly to discuss development issues and challenges, and to find solutions together.
Community listeners’ clubs. Stepping stones for action in rural areas
FAO-Dimitra, August 2011
This publication summarises the unique experience of the community listeners’ clubs set up in Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo by FAO-Dimitra and its partners. These actionbased information and communication processes have proved so successful that Dimitra decided to share the experience.
The first chapter offers a brief overview of the community listeners’ clubs, their goals and internal functioning and the results achieved. The second chapter tells the story of the listeners’ clubs in the words of the stakeholders, explaining how they were established in the two countries. The third chapter sets out more practical guidelines on the stages involved in creating community listeners’ clubs.
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Communicating Gender for Rural Development. Integrating gender in communication for development
FAO-Dimitra, August 2011
Meeting food security, nutrition and gender equality objectives entails applying development approaches that allow rural communities to participate and take control of their future. Of the many approaches used by FAO, there is one that is particularly effective at enabling the most marginalised groups, including women, to take ownership of their development and achieve economic and social empowerment: introducing gender into communication for development. Capacities for harnessing the full power of this approach are fairly limited and there have been relatively few theoretical examinations of the subject.
In Communicating Gender for Rural Development, the FAO-Dimitra Project shares its experience in this area. Aimed at all development practitioners, the publication encourages the inclusion of a gender perspective in communication for development initiatives in rural areas. It suggests practical ways of going about this, thus aiming to change attitudes and working practices so that projects and programmes take greater account of the specificities, needs and aspirations of men and women.
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Film: Rural Women in Katanga
This 7-minute film was produced in 2010 by Vicanos-Club for the FAO-Dimitra project, with financial support from the King Baudouin Foundation. It concerns the situation of rural women in Katanga (DRC) and the activities of FAO-Dimitra and its partner REFED-Katanga to give a voice to rural women and thus improve their situation and food security.
Watch the film (available in English and French, in high and low resolutions)