From: Freeh Sophia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 26 August 2011 09:16
Subject: [cr-india] FW: Honour for Sangham Radio
The Hindu, Hyderabad, August 3, 2011
Honour for Sangham Radio Staff Reporter
The community radio experiment -Sangham Radio-, run by a group of
illiterate rural dalit women at Machnoor village, Medak district continues
to attract attention and accolades. The School of Journalism and
Communication of University of Queensland, Australia has commended the dalit
women for their 'innovative and practical mode of communication contributing
to grass-roots levels sustainable development'.
The commendation is part of a global competition '2011 Communication for
Social Change Award', which was conducted by University of Queensland. Close
to 60 competitors drawn from 22 countries vied for the top honours. The
community radio, which was set up by Deccan Development Society (DDS), is
being exclusively run by dalit women from rural background. Commending the
work by rural women, The Centre for Communication and Social Change, School
of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland has sent a letter.
"We commend the courage and extraordinary commitment you have demonstrated
to communication for social change. The Centre commends your contribution to
innovative and practical communication that has contributed to
grassroots-level sustainable development," the letter said.
"The poor and marginalised, especially rural dalit women, are excluded by
traditional media. The issues that impact their lives are hardly covered by
anyone. The Sangham radio is an attempt to give such women a voice and a
platform to share views," says Director of DDS, P.V. Sateesh said.
Supported by DDS, about 18 women have been creating content for the
community radio on a wide range of issues. The community radio is billed as
the first such initiative in India that is run and managed fully by rural
dalit women. The women were provided training on the intricacies of
broadcasting and running a community radio by DDS.
"There are close to 5,000 women members of DDS and they contribute Rs. 5
every month to run the community radio. Issues like ecological agriculture,
local healing systems, violence against women, locally relevant education,
childcare and tradition and community care of natural resources are
discussed in the radio," Mr. Sateesh said.
Prof. Vinod Pavarala
Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication &
Director, Office of International Affairs
University of Hyderabad
Gachibowli, Hyderabad 500046
Phone: (School) +91-40-23135500/23011553; (International) +91-40-23134041
Telefon: +49 (33) 5310967
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