17 September 2008


The iconic United Nations Radio Programme WOMEN is back on air in Fiji, this time with the women's community radio station, femTALK 89.2FM, a women's media initiative operated by femLINKPACIFIC.


WOMEN has been a programme produced by UN RADIO for more than 20 years, however, earlier this year, there was concern within women's networks that the programme ran the risk of being cancelled, and so for the Suva based women's media NGO, the availability of this radio programme is indeed a celebration of the retention of women centred media, as well as a critical way to link its listeners as well as its team of young women community radio broadcasters and producers with the stories of women based on their own women's equality agenda:


"The programme is something that many of us grew up with here in Fiji before the airwaves became corporatized, but thankfully this programme has and continues to be a benchmark of radio programme production and the development of radio content which serves to inform listeners about women's human rights and gender equality commitments from the UN system to the community level," says femLINKPACIFIC's Coordinator, Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, "And for our women's community radio station, it is a wonderful opportunity to link  listeners of our Women's Weekend Broadcasts in Suva with global commitments to gender equality and women's human rights in a form that literally gives voice to the world's women."


femLINKPACIFIC was offered the programme by WOMEN radio producer Diane Bailey, who has also arranged to have the programme distributed to the organisation's regional women's media network partners - Vois Blong Mere Solomons and Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency for incorporation into their weekly radio programmes airing on national radio in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands:


"And we certainly hope that mainstream radio stations in the Pacific will also take advantage of the availability of the programme to broadcast to a broader audience," says Bhagwan Rolls, "because the issues that are being raised in these programmes are of vital importance for the advancement of commitments to Pacific women."


femLINKPACIFIC's Women's Weekend Broadcasts on 89.2FM transmits within a 10 to 12 kilometre radius from the organisation's community media centre at Bayly House in Suva from 4 to 7pm on Fridays, 730am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The station is operated by the members of the "Generation Next" project team, young women aged beween 16 and 30 years.


Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Coordinator: femLINKPACIFIC - Media Initiatives for Women
P O Box 2349 Government Buildings Suva
Phone (O) 679 3310303 (Fax) 679 3307207 (M) 679 9244871
Website: www.femlinkpacific.org.fj

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