Community Radios in Indonesia Promote Women’s Empowerment

JRKICommunity radios in Indonesia, under the leadership of the Indonesian Community Radio Network (JRKI) have renewed commitment for promoting women’s empowerment through community radios. JRKI is also actively developing partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies for forwarding the agenda of women’s empowerment through community radios.

Explaining the JRKI’s initiative, Sinam M Sutarno, Chairman of JRKI, has cited the role of community radios in women’s empowerment as stated in the Toronto Platform 1995. e platform encourages community radios to increase women’s access to the media, including women’s participation in decision-making and management of the media, and to use media in promoting women’s active participation and equality in development.

In December 2016, the Ministry for Women Empowerment and Child Protection in collaboration with JRKI conducted a two-day workshop on producing women empowerment and child protection radio content. e workshop saw participation of the representatives of 25 community radios.

Speaking at the workshop, Fatahilah Rais, Deputy Assistant of Media Participation, Ministry for Women Empowerment and Child Protection said that information on how to prevent or how to report violence against women and children is hard to nd, especially in rural areas. As a result, many cases of violence are not reported. He further stressed on the importance of community radio’s involvement in providing information to the rural community, and opined that the role of the community radio needs to be supported by the government—in this case by the Ministry for Women Empowerment and Child Protection.

Speaking at the workshop, Sinam M Sutarno stated that the main purpose of the workshop was to improve participants’ capacity in understanding issues of violence against women and children. “Participants should be able to use information from the workshop to produce radio content that can e ectively discourage malpractices in the society,” he said.

In the workshop, the participants were also facilitated to produce three public service advertisements with three speci c themes: Stop Violence against Women, Village Budgeting for Women Empowerment, and Women’s Right on Reproduction Health.