Gender issues: BBC & UNICEF join community radio stations

NEW DELHI: ‘Full On Nikki’, a unique youth show with special focus on gender issues among young adults and adolescents, has commenced broadcast on Panjab University (PU)’s community radio Radio -- Jyotirgamaya 91.2MHz and 24 other CRS in different parts of the country.

Though created and developed by BBC Media Action in partnership with United Nation’s Chukdreb’s Fund (UNICEF), it will include local programming created and developed by Radio Jyotirgamaya.

The inaugural episode on the theme ‘The Voice and Silence’ had the participants express various concerns regarding Voice and Silence for the youth.

This is the first international collaboration for the Panjab University Community Radio and will be broadcast on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 pm on Radio Jyotirgamaya 91.2 Mhz with repeats on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the same time.

According to University Registrar Col GS Chadha (retd), it was a matter of great pride for PU to have an international collaboration with BBC and UNICEF which would not only enabled sensitization of young boys and girls to gender issues, but was also crucial in the development of community radio in India.

Chairperson Archana R Singh said the 78-episode series would focus on the dreams and aspiration of the youth worldwide. It also aimed at sensitizing the age group of 10 to 19 years towards gender and developing a conceptual understanding of related issues.

The show will be broadcast under the agreement signed between Indian Community Radio Association and UNICEF.

Out of 193 Community Radio stations running in India, PU’s Radio Jyotirgamaya 91.2 Mhz is among the 25 Community Radio stations that have been chosen under the international collaboration to broadcast the show, she added.

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