Making Voices Heard: The Role of Radio in the Pacific

June 3, 2015

“Community radio enables people – especially marginalised sectors such as women and youth – to voice their concerns and to unite around common causes in order to challenge decision-makers and create communities that better respond to their needs. Community radio, alongside digital platforms and citizen journalism, is fast becoming one of the focal points for grassroots democracy, good citizenship and good governance.” (World Association for Christian Communication General Secretary Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter)

Through IWDA’s Funding Leadership Opportunities for Women program, women across the Pacific have been actively involved in producing and broadcasting thousands of hours of community radio. In partnership with FemLINKPACIFIC, which utilises media platforms to amplify women’s civil and political voice, FLOW has driven a significant increase in the number of hours dedicated to women’s issues on radio.

Radio acts as a major media channel in the Pacific. In Fiji, 93% of women report using radio as their primary source of news. For more information on FemLINKPACIFIC’s role in radio, read their report on the role of radio in decision-making and democracy: