Fifty years after its foundation, WACC is in a growing number of partnerships working for greater inclusion, accessibility and affordability, as well as greater responsibility in the world of public service media and digital communications. It's a matter of recognizing and portraying the intrinsic dignity and worth of all human beings no matter their background and belief.
Indigenous women in Nepal face significant barriers in exercising their rights and accessing services such as healthcare, education as a result of discrimination based on gender, indigeneity, language, and religion. These issues are exacerbated by rural-urban migration and low literacy rates.
These dynamics are mirrored in the country’s media, including its community media sector (300 stations, 21 of which are indigenous stations), as indigenous women, who comprise half the female population of the Nepal, are often underrepresented or misrepresented in media content. This is partly the result of lack of training on media for indigenous women. As a result, indigenous women lack viable platforms to express themselves and have their voices heard, and have limited access to information and knowledge.
In this context, WACC partnered with Radio Kairan, an established community radio station that has been serving 36 remote Indigenous villages of the Himalayas since 2013, to provide specialized capacity building for 30 indigenous women from 21 Indigenous community radio stations across Nepal on media production, investigative journalism, and community radio station management.
The trainings, which took place in Kathmandu, sought to help increase the representation of indigenous women in community radio, including in management roles. It also sought to support the production of radio programs focused on indigenous women's issues, as well as to enable individual radio stations to develop gender equality policies.