Capacity Building Workshop on Gender and HIV/AIDS for Community Radio Journalists

May 20, 2015

Journalists participating at the workshop. Photo Credit: UNDP-DRC 2015

The mandate of UNDP’s HIV/AIDS Component concerns the following main aspects: governance of HIV/AIDS; mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in development tools and HIV/AIDS within the gender and human rights frameworks.
 
In DRC, based on the situation analyses carried out within the gender and human rights framework, the media has rarely tackled HIV and gender questions; moreover, male and female journalists lack skills. A case study carried out by the Congolese Union of Women in Media (UCOFEM) in 2014 has shown that media coverage of gender in DRC accounted for 1.4% of the total coverage, that media coverage of HIV/AIDS accounted for 2.7% of the total media coverage, and that in DRC, females represented 15% of journalists while male journalists stood at 85%.
 
These indicators demonstrate that communities are poorly informed and are not able to access relevant information when they need it. Consequently, the rights of women, youth and HIV-positive persons are generally trampled upon. This demonstrates the need to get the media, and especially community radios, which are closer to communities, involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but also in the promotion of gender equality because women are the most affected by the virus.
Therefore, UNDP has decided to train Community Radio Hosts (male and female) in certain locations of the areas in which it is active in Nord and South-Kivu, Bunia in the Oriental Province and Nyunzu in Katanga.
 
In the year 2015, in certain locations of South-Kivu, UNDP will finance a community project promoting the fight against AIDS estimated to be worth USD 55,000. And these Community Radio Hosts (male and female), who will receive training in advance, may serve as representatives in order to raise awareness and inform communities.
Based on the sole financing of UNDP ISD, the training programme in Bukavu was worth USD 5,292.86. 
 
General Objective of Training
 
All this data indicates that it is absolutely necessary for the media, and especially for community radio stations which are closer to communities, to get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but also in the promotion of gender equality because women are the most affected by this disease.
 
Specific Objective
  • Train 20 media professionals (male/female radio hosts or male/female journalists) in gender and HIV/AIDS issues;
  • Train journalists in the production techniques of magazines focused on gender and HIV/AIDS;
  • Provide journalists with a documentation kit allowing them to self-train on a regular basis on the production of radio shows focused on gender and HIV/AIDS. 
Expected Outcomes
  • 20 media professionals (journalists and hosts) of UNDP’s partner radios are trained on gender and HIV/AIDS issues, gender-sensitive communications, and especially on the use of an inclusive language in all written communications as well as in audiovisual materials;
  • Radios have journalists and hosts that are specialized in the production of shows and reports on gender and HIV/AIDS issues;
  • Journalists have been provided the necessary documentation for the production of thematic shows adapted to gender and HIV/AIDS issues.

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