(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
“Including women’s 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 programming.
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 transforming
Other African 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.
Kenya’s thriving 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
“The exhibition 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.
“The exhibition 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