Magazine article Women in Action

Amplifying Women's Voices: A Story of Women Making Airwaves for Peace: Women Making Airwaves for Peace (WMAP) Is a Cross-Cultural Radio Seminar for Women Broadcasters on the Role of Community Radio in Peace Building, Disaster Mitigation and Prepardness and Climate Change Organised by Isis International in Collaboration with AMARC-WIN Asia Pacific

Magazine article Women in Action

Amplifying Women's Voices: A Story of Women Making Airwaves for Peace: Women Making Airwaves for Peace (WMAP) Is a Cross-Cultural Radio Seminar for Women Broadcasters on the Role of Community Radio in Peace Building, Disaster Mitigation and Prepardness and Climate Change Organised by Isis International in Collaboration with AMARC-WIN Asia Pacific

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The five day seminar brings together around 30 women community radio broadcasters from the Asia Pacific region. It is a space where participants share their experiences, particularly best practices towards engendered peace building and disaster mitigation--enabling community radio to empower women in crisis situations.

The seminar also enhances the skills of the participants in radio production and digital audio editing. It sharpens their perspectives in engendered peace journalism, interview techniques, feminist broadcasting and more.

The seminar methodology is interactive as participants are given the opportunity to be resource persons, trainers, facilitators, producers and translators at the same time. Moreover, the participants produce radio programmes during the seminar that they broadcast in their respective radio stations. The seminar is conducted in English, at the same time enabling the participation of Non-English speaking women trough peer translation. Isis International was able to provide a substantial number of scholarships to guarantee the participation of grassroots broadcasters.

Pilot Training in Southern Philippines

Pilot trainings were successfully conducted in 2006 and 2007 in partnership with Mindanao Women Writers Inc. and consisted of three workshops in Northwestern Minadanao. From these workshops, a standardised module was developed and a guide on Engendered Peace Journalism was produced. The participants recorded and disseminated among the radio stations in their region a CD with 10 public service announcements on Culture of Peace and Cultural Diversity in the local languages.

WMAP for South East Asia and the Pacific, South and Central Asia

The second run of the training took place in collaboration with AMARC-WIN Asia Pacific on October 16--20 2009 in Manila, Philippines with 30 participants from 10 different counties in South-East Asia, the Pacific and Sudan. During the seminar the community radio broadcasters produced three radio programmes on women's role in peace building and disaster mitigation which they broadcasted in their radio stations. They also interviewed each other and the organisers and brought home sound bites to share the unique experience with the listeners in their respective communities.

"For me the highlight of this seminar was learning form the experiences of the community radios in Aceh Indonesia after the tsunami. …

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