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Campaign to save “Women” on UN Radio

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May 29th, 2008

Veteran radio journalist and media activist Frieda Werden of WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service and CJSF Radio, Canada, has circulated a letter calling attention to the possibility that United Nations Radio may pull the plug on its long-running programme, “Women.” This programme on the English service is apparently the only one focussed on women coming out of UN media.

Her argument is that that women’s coverage of the UN for radio needs to be expanded, not eliminated. “Women” has been doing this for six decades, even though it has been progressively cut back over the years and has been down to 14 minutes every two weeks or less for some time. If the programme were longer and weekly, she says, it would be easier to schedule, and more stations would be able to air it regularly.

She points out that a lot happens in the UN involving and affecting women. But with campus media, community media, and women’s media now denied press passes to cover press conferences and events put on by the UN, the role of the “Women” programme has become more critical than ever.

Anne Walker of the New York-based International Women’s Tribune Center, who has worked closely with the UN for many years, adds that “Women” is a landmark programme that women throughout the world listen to. She points out that this is the only information this audience gets from the UN — “certainly the only information on what women are doing/experiencing worldwide.”

Letters of support to persuade the UN to retain and, in fact, expand this unique and important programme can be sent to:

Diane Bailey
Chief, English Language Unit
United Nations Radio
United Nations, Room S-850F
New York, NY 10017

E-Mail: baileyd@un.org

Website: http://www.un.org/radio

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