World Radio Day 2014 celebration in Namibia

Gender equality
Project outcomes: 
Journalism training

On 13 February 2014, MISA Namibia, UNESCO, civil society organisations and numerous radio stations celebrated World Radio Day in Windhoek, Namibia.

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World Radio Day 2014 celebration in Namibia (Photo: UNIC Windhoek)
World Radio Day 2014 celebration in Namibia (Photo: UNIC Windhoek)
World Radio Day 2014 celebration in Namibia
World Radio Day 2014 celebration in Namibia
World Radio Day 2014 celebration in Namibia

World Radio Day was celebrated under the theme “Gender equality and Women’s Empowerment in Radio”. The 2014 theme aimed to contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment by improving the coverage of issues affecting women, and increased female representation in media leadership and staffing. Gender equality was discussed as a way to both women and men have equal access to quality education, ressources and productive work in all domains, including the media.

The event included presentations by several radio stations, UNESCO and European Union representatives, the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, and the Minister for Information and Communication Technology of Namibia. There were also two panel discussions, and performances throughout the day.

The official opening was given by Hon. Rosalia Nghidiniwa, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare; Deputy-Minister Hon Stanley Simaata from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology; Ambassador Raul Fuentes Milani,  Head of the European Union Delegation; Ms. Cecilia Barbieri, UNESCO Officer in Charge; Mr Musinga T. Bandora, UN Resident Coordinator in Namibia and Mr. Mushitu Mkwame from the Namibia Broadcasting Cooperation.

This year’s outside broadcasting event took place in the Zoo Park in Windhoek and over 10 radio stations joined hands to celebrate radio and women. The public engagement created an important occasion to raise awareness of the importance of equitable radio for national development. Radio has a unique value as it still remains the cheapest and most accessible medium to reach the widest rural audience in Namibia.

The public actively participated in various panel discussions, as for example, on “how the portrayal of women and girls in the media affects the youth”. During the panel discussions, it became evident that radio sometimes places too much emphasis on entertainment, rather than unpacking critical national issues, news and worthy topics. The participants and the audience agreed that there need also to pursue concrete actions to put discussions about gender into practice. 

Organizations present at the event included the  Namibia National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Windhoek Office, along with other UN agencies in Namibia, 17 radio stations, Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN), Coca Cola Namibia, The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation and O&L Group. 

First phase (2012-2014)