Almost on air!
Over the past few months, we've been laying the groundwork for the radio station by beginning to assemble a work team. We've contacted groups working in cultural industries and other women’s organizations to find potential team members for the project. We also found a home for the project! We secured the use of the cultural center at the public library for the transmission of the radio station and signed relevant agreements with local institutions.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenges we've faced are related to starting a women’s digital radio station, since radio continues to be a male-dominated industry. Forming a team exclusively of women to run the radio station and to create radio programs has also been challenging. We've been seeking more training in these matters since we want the radio station to be a women’s media outlet.
We're busy preparing the radio station for work by purchasing radio transmission equipment and starting to train team members in radio transmission and programming. We're excited to move forward and get on the air!
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Purchase of equipment
Operational costs and brand positioning
Thank you again for your support! The grant payment process requires extensive communication with the organization and their bank, and due to strict requirements in Latin America, the process can be longer than anticipated. This organization has only recently received its Catapult funding through the Global Fund for Women, and is in the process of implementing its project and completing their progress report. Please check back for a full update on the progress of this group after December 15th!
La Radio Q Género is using radio as a tool to raise public awareness about gender discrimination in Colombia.
Why we care: In Colombia, women from marginalized populations are often ignored by media and society.
How we’re solving this: Training women in communication, media, and technology skills to raise their voices and bring their opinions into the media.
Colombian women living in rural areas, as well as young, Afro-descendent, indigenous, and lesbian, bisexual and trans gender women face discrimination and often do not have the opportunities, or the skills to express their opinions in public forums.
In many rural areas in Latin America, radio is the cheapest, most accessible, and widespread form of mass communication. La Radio Q Género, founded in 2005, is using radio as a tool to raise public awareness about gender discrimination, an issue that is rarely touched on in the media. Radio Q is now taking its programming one step further by developing women-led radio emissions. Through technical, communication, and advocacy trainings, women will take the lead in developing messaging and web and radio broadcasts to raise their voices and influence public opinion. Initially 10 women from Cali, Colombia will participate in five technical training workshops.
Radio Q aims to have over 100 women, equipped with digital media skills, produce radio emissions, blogs, and websites. Broadcasts will call attention to the need to end sexist stereotypes and attitudes, and encourage more women to get involved in local and national politics. Radio and website broadcasts will also spread awareness on the reality of gender discrimination in Colombia, and will pressure media and political representatives to ensure gender equality in the workplace, family life, and in educational institutions.
Most importantly, radio will be used as a tool to empower women who usually don’t get the opportunity to share their opinions and speak out in public. Women participants will gain a supportive network that cares about what they have to say and will encourage them to express their opinions.