We will promote the rights of indigenous people to participate in civic/citizen communication processes in digital spaces by organizing 3 training sessions for 30 indigenous women from 15 community radio stations to increase capacity to produce audio pieces with Audacity and use online tools such as podcasting. The trainings will result in a series of 12 audio pieces in Spanish and indigenous languages of stories of violence against women.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Oaxaca de Juárez
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
We will work with indigenous women aged 20 to 60 who usually broadcast their voices and stories through community radio stations in their villages but are unable to express themselves in online spaces due to a lack of capacity and access to Internet. Palabra Radio’s mission is to amplify marginalized women’s voices through technology and to ensure access to new digital tools and platforms.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
We will produce a series of 12 audio pieces in which women tell their stories through dramatizations, make reports on topics such as obstetric violence, interview organizations that support women living in violent situations, etc. Through the training gatherings women will reinforce their skills in creating their own media and will appropriate online communication tools to better fulfill their roles as indigenous communicators.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Palabra Radio collaborated with the organizations Ojo de Agua Communications and Unitierra in organizing the first two Radio Guelaguetzas (trainings/gatherings of community broadcasters) in 2010 and in September 2012 organized the first Radio Guelaguetza for women. Since 2007 our organization has conducted training workshops and provided technical support to more than 25 community radio stations in southern Mexico.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We will convene 30 women who are active in their local community radio. All participants will be provided with a stipend to cover their lodging, food and transportation expenses, and we will offer child-care for those who need it. We will also provide the necessary digital tools for audio production and dissemination online such as computers, digital recorders and Internet access.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
We would value your support in organizing regional meetings of online communication projects that ensure the participation of indigenous women. Also in conducting online trainings to strengthen the use of digital communication tools.
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