NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya in conjunction with the UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will next week
host an exhibition to showcase the contribution of rural women
to the growth of electronic media.
UNESCO said the
three-day expo whose theme is “On Air with Rural Women” will
display photos and audio visual content that illustrate the role
of female gender in transforming electronic media landscape in
Kenya and other African countries.
voices on Air matters and we have been empowering local radio
stations with ICTs to improve their capacity in this arena,”
UNESCO said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
It added that 59
radio stations in 10 African countries have benefited from
capacity building in gender responsive reporting and
Kenya is among
Sub-Saharan African countries that have benefited from the
“empowering local radios with ICTs project” funded by UNESCO and
bilateral partners to elevate the role of electronic media in
countries that have benefited from this project include Uganda,
Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho
and South Africa.
“The project is
centered on capacity building activities and teaching long-term
skills to local radio journalists, particularly on the use of
ICTs to modernize the station’s operations, improve the quality
of programs and geographical coverage,” said UNESCO.
electronic media scene gave the country a vantage position to
host a three day summit which begins on July 24 to showcase the
role of rural women in driving change through use of radio as a
medium of disseminating information.
focuses on the role of women in local radios, their empowerment
through gender-sensitive programming, issues of local concern
and investigative journalism, as well as on financial planning
to ensure long-run viability of local stations,” said UNESCO.
It added that
mentorship targeting owners of community radio stations and
journalists will enhance their role in promoting good
governance, transparency and enlightenment at the local level.
demonstrates how local radio stations with the necessary tools
and skills play an important role to inform their communities,
who are in return able to make enlightened choices about their
lives,” said UNESCO.