'Women in Community Broadcasting National Consultation' has concluded at Dhading by promulgating 12 points’ Dhading deceleration. Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal has organized the consultation for the first time in Nepal on 24-25 December 2019 in Galchhi of Dhading district in collaboration with AMARC Asia-Pacific, World Vision International and different local governments of Dhading district. More than 100 women broadcasters were gathered and actively participated in the dialogue and shared their experience and status, challenges and way forward for promoting women participation and ownership in the community radios.
The program was inaugurated by the Honorable Sashikala Dahal, Deputy Chairperson of the National Assembly of Nepal. During her remarks, she made commitment to play effective role for community radio friendly policy. Mr. Subas Khatiwada, president of ACORAB chaired the opening session and the session was facilitated by Ms. Bandana Danuwar, secretary of ACORAB.
Mostly female representative from community radio stations, executive board member of ACORAB, policy makers, representatives from development partners, representatives of CSO networks related to women, local government representatives, academics and thematic experts on community media and women participated in the program. Different thematic session on feminist movement, women’s participation and ownership in community radio and role of community radio, key note speeches, discussion and interaction were conducted during the consultation.
The best practices and good initiations on promotion of gender equality and social justice carried out by community radios were shared in the program. Likewise, the discussion was focused about the agendas related to the women should be raised by community radio. During the program discussion was held on different subject matter and issues like as, Why the issues of women are priority agendas in community radio in comparison with other media? How the ownership and participation of women should be increased in community radio? What are the issues and area of partnership? etc. A very diverse range of presentation were made by women community broadcasters as well as other panelists.