South Sudan: Launch of the Women and Youth Radio Listner Clubs
Establishment of 2 women and 2 youth radio listener clubs in South Sudan has been financially supported by UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and implemented by the Southern Sudanese Women General Association for Catholic Radio Network radio stations, namely Voice of Hope in Wau, Good News radio in Rumbek to provide access to information for the two marginalised groups in the society.
A Radio Listening Club (RLC) is a group of people who meet regularly to listen to radio programmes and thereafter plan, discuss, record, on the way forward that help them to address the needs of their communities.
The members of the club are bound together by their shared concerns about their environment, the government, and any other issues pertaining to democracy benefits.
The clubs give marginalized, vulnerable, and underprivileged people, whether based in rural or urban areas, an opportunity to engage their leaders directly through the media communication.
The clubs help sensitize club leaders to identify and elucidate issues that affect the communities and assist in the facilitation of the recording process for RLC programmes. Since these clubs are bound by common interests, it is therefore easier to include often left out members of the communities such as those with disabilities.
RLCs are an effective communication tool to amplify the voices of marginalized groups and communities, especially when the listeners participate actively in the whole process, by raising their own key development issues, discussing them publicly, exploring options and seeking external support for possible solutions.
This is done through focus group discussion format with a moderator in charge of the discussions to ensure orderliness and inclusion of all opinions and contributions.