Sunday, 29 November 2009

[creative-radio] Community radio in Sanand to have rural women at the helm


Community radio in Sanand to have rural women at the helm

Sanand, the pastoral village pushed into prominence by the Nano project of
the Tatas, will soon have a community radio station (CRS) run by village
women, some of them barely literate.

These women have been selected from 20 neighbouring villages (one from
each) and are currently being trained for the CRS, which is sponsored by
the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA). They will soon build an
archival and topical database to run the station, and to that end have
been collating data and taking down laborious notes and interviewing
experts in developmental issues like agriculture, health and water

"We have selected some married and unmarried women; some in their 40s,
while some very young. We aim to train a team that will be
self-sustainable and would be potential opinion leaders of their
community," said Shantaben Koshti, the coordinator of SEWA Academy.

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