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IAWRT, charging towards the future

Travelling almost 10,000 kilometers to the other side of the globe, four members of the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) attended the organization’s Regional Conference in Entebbe, Uganda from October 2-5, 2018

Themed “IAWRT Looking into the Future,” the global event gathered 50 participants from five continents representing 11 of the 14 IAWRT chapters worldwide.

IAWRT International President Violet Gonda in her opening speech underscored the importance of the conference as a milestone in IAWRT’s events calendar.

“It is here that we will share with the members the work done in the last 10 months of the new leadership. More importantly, it is here that members will get involved in mapping out the road ahead for the association,” Gonda said.

IAWRT is moving quickly into the future, its officers said. At the conference, two new chapters were formally acknowledged, Afghanistan and Iraq-Kurdistan, represented by their respective chapter heads, Najiba Ayubi and Awaz Salim Abdulla.

The conference also created a new Committee for Chapter Development with the objective of strengthening chapter capacities and capabilities.

This brings the number of committees created by the current leadership to 12 in the span of just 10 months, which Gonda noted is the biggest in IAWRT history.

Some of the other committees created are the following: 1) Committee in Relation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women; 2) Scholarship Committee; 3) Gender Mainstreaming Committee; 4) Asian Film Festival Committee; 5) Rural Women and Media Committee; 6) Community Radio Committee; and 7) The Gender Based Online Harassments Committee.

Meanwhile, IAWRT’s 2018 full-length video documentary “Displacement and Resilience: Women Live For A New Day” was launched at the conference that features the stories of five women refugees from Syria, Tibet, Myanmar and the Philippines. Segments of the video were directed by five individual members from the said countries.

“Displacement and Resilience” presented the following:

  1. The stories of Mariam and Haifa, two Syrian women who fled Allepo and are now seeking refuge in two different countries, as told by Eva Anandi Brownstein and Khedija Lemkecher, respectively;
  2. The story of Namgyal from the Tibet Movement for Self Determination, as told by Afrah Shafiq of India;
  3. The story of Lumad indigenous peoples leader Bai Bibiaon, as told by Erika Rae Cruz of the Philippines; and
  4. The stories about the Rohingya Refugee Crises of Myanmar, as told by IAWRT Board member Archana Kapoor together with Chandita Mukherjee.

Mukherjee also served as the executive producer of the entire project who was responsible for combining these five stories into one documentary.

The International Board and the Philippine chapter launched Amplifying the People’s Voices: The Philippine Community Radio Experience and Challenges, a handbook on community radio prepared by IAWRT-Philippines recounting three decades of community radio experience in the country at the conference.

A workshop on community radio was conducted during the conference that showed participants how a community radio narrowcast program is organized and held. It was facilitated by IAWRT-USA’s  Sheila Katzman with the Philippine Chapter delegates.

In addition, the conference approved two new organizational documents: the Code of Conduct and Election Guidelines.

Lastly, the membership also affirmed the International Board’s decision to set-up an International Secretariat office in the Philippines.

IAWRT-Philippines head Jola Diones Mangun welcomed the decision, saying “the Philippine chapter is elated and honored with the decision.”

“We will do our best for IAWRT as it charges towards the future,” Mamangun added.

The Conference ended with the members extending the term and mandate of the International Board until 2020.  # (Report by Walkie Miraña / Slideshow by Lady Ann Salem)

 

IAWRT, CHARGING TOWARDS THE FUTURE

Kodao’s ‘Itanong mo kay Prof’ to resume podcasting

“Itanong mo kay Prof’, Kodao’s groundbreaking podcast featuring Professors Jose Maria Sison and Sarah Raymundo will soon resume broadcasting.

The podcast presents commentary and analyses by Sison, considered by followers as the country’s top social scientist and intellectual.

University of the Philippines sociologist Raymundo conducts the interview.

“Itanong mo kay Prof’ was a popular source of audio interviews of Sison for various radio stations and programs across the Philippines.

Podcasting was suspended in 2016 due to Sison’s busy schedule following the resumption of formal peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

Podcast sa Kampuhan ng Sinirangang Bisayas sa DA

Nagtungo sa Maynila ang mga kinatawan ng mga magsasaka mula sa Eastern Visayas para makipag-usap sa iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan hinggil sa kanilang dinaras na kahirapan at kagutuman sa kanilang rehiyon.

Dumating sila noong Pebrero 22 at inaasahang babalik ng Samar at Leyte sa Marso 9.

Department of Agriculture
Februay 27, 2018

 

RADIO TACLOBAN PODCAST: Yolanda survivors commemorate 3rd Yolanda anniversary

This podcast is part of the preparations for the eventual establishment of Radio Tacloban, a women-led disaster risk reduction community radio station project of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television-Philippine Chapter, in cooperation with Kodao Productions and Eastern Vista media groups with the assistance of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Eastern Visayas Ecumenical District and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

This podcast includes reports from volunteer broadcasters the project trains to become anchors, reporters, technicians and staff of Radio Tacloban.  Radio Tacloban aims to empower women by offering them a mass medium where they could claim for themselves the power to confront disasters and other issues.

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Audio reports of the GRP-NDFP first round of formal peace talks 2016

LISTEN to radio reports of the first round of formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) under President Rodrigo Duterte and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines NDFP) last April 22 to 27, 2016 in Oslo, Norway.

For the third consecutive time (first in 2004 and second in 2011), Kodao has been covering the formal negotiations between both parties.

The first round of talks between the Duterte GRP and the NDFP proves to be the most promising and successful since the turn of the millennium.

Both parties agreed to tackle the substantive agenda of socio-economic reforms when they meet next on October 8-12 this year. (Photos by Jon Bustamante)

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