Strengthening of gender and communication skills of listeners' clubs, rural women's networks and community radios in South Kivu
Inaugural Workshop in Bukavu, South Kivu (DRC) from 8 to 11 February 2007
The inaugural workshop of the project "Strengthening of gender and communication skills of listeners' clubs, rural women's networks and community radios in South Kivu" was organised by Sauti ya Mwanamke Kijijini, SAMWAKI, with the support of FAO/Dimitra, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Comité National Femme et Développement (CONAFED - National Committee Women and Development).
This three-year project (2006-2008) for the strengthening of skills in the field of gender and communication of community radio listeners' clubs was the direct result of a workshop on the strengthening of the communication capacities of community radios and rural women's networks in South Kivu which took place in February 2006 in Bukavu. One of the recommendations of this workshop was to create and/or strengthen the listeners' clubs by introducing gender issues.
The project is supported by Dimitra and financed by the King Baudouin Foundation. Its aim is to sensitize rural communities to gender issues and to promote access to information and communication for all through the establishment and strengthening of radio listeners' clubs in the region. The fight against HIV/AIDS was withheld as one of the key themes for the programming of rural community radios associated to the project.
Thirty-two people participated in the workshop, 12 men and 20 women. The large majority of participants came from the rural areas of South Kivu province, only six lived in the urban area of Bukavu. Sixteen participants were members of listeners' clubs, six represented rural women's networks, seven were journalists from community radios and three were member of the Association des Femmes des Médias (AFEM-Sud/Kivu). The opening ceremony was presided by the Mayor of Bukavu and the media coverage was taken care of by PAX–TV and the channel Vision Shala TV as well as by community radios throughout the province.
Two introductory questions started the discussions. The first one asked who among the participants had been able to listen to the radio that morning? The answer: none - for most of them because they do not possess a radio set at home, as they do not have the means to purchase one, for others because they had had to leave home to early. The second question was to ask why one listens to the radio; the responses indicated that it is to inform oneself. This was the start of a lively discussion...
The different themes covered in the workshop were the following:
- The role of community radio for rural development
- The place of women in the media in South Kivu: the case of community radios
- Communication for development (including the involvement of women in the communication for development process)
- Techniques for collecting and managing information
- The role and functioning of a listeners' club
- Notions on gender equality
- The role of communication in the fight against HIV/AIDS
- Knowing some human rights
- Study of the types of radio programmes commonly used by rural radios
The workshop used a participatory approach and was based on the information and experiences of the participants, through exchanges between themselves on the one hand and between them and the facilitators on the other. At the outset of the workshop, participants expressed their expectations and fears with regard to the workshop and agreed on ground rules. At the end, an evaluation of the activities and the general organisation of the event was conducted by all participants.
The recommendations of the workshop included: the need to organise the listeners' clubs in the province and to assist them technically, materially and in terms of training; to support participants in the training of the members of listeners' clubs; and to organise exchange visits. It also transpired that it is necessary to put equipment and communication materials at the disposal of the listeners' clubs, to allow them to communicate between themselves on the one hand and with SAMWAKI on the other.
Read the final workshop report (in French only)
For more information, please contact Adeline Nsimire, SAMWAKI - Tel: +243 0814740077 - firstname.lastname@example.org