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Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya – A World of Migrants Disrupting the Singular Narrative

Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya – A World of Migrants
Disrupting the Singular Narrative

New Delhi, 25 April 2017. On the occasion of International Labour Day, UNESCO is launching an awareness campaign to highlight the importance of creating inclusive urban spaces for migrants. Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya or A World of Migrants is a series of 10 Radio Programmes (3–4 minutes each) produced by UNESCO featuring several real-life situations involving migrants and the challenges they face in accessing their rights and entitlements.

The first radio programme will be aired on Monday 1 May 2017 on three channels of All India Radio (FM Gold, FM Rainbow and MW Indraprastha)* and the complete series will be broadcast over a period of 4 weeks, on weekdays, twice a day, from 1 May till 26 May 2017.

With Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya, UNESCO attempts to disrupt the singular image of the underprivileged migrant as a suffering, needy and dependent person to a resilient, strong survivor and entrepreneur through the medium of radio.

The radio programmes adopt alternative narratives to highlight unique characteristics of migrants in the city, for example: migrants as agents of development, migrants as upholders of cultural diversity, the migrant working woman, migrants as contributors to skill diversity and migrants as symbol of new aspirations.

The approach adopted is to evoke empathy amongst urban dwellers by focusing on similarities between migrants from rural areas and residents from urban areas. The series will focus on sharing the lived experience and contributions of migrants to the cities they migrate to and thereby disrupt the homogeneous image. “We wish to draw attention to the brave choices migrants make and encourage city dwellers to ensure that migrants feel part of a city which is welcoming, inclusive and recognizes migrants entitlement to a dignified life” says Ms. Marina Faetanini, Section`s Chief and Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO New Delhi.

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Ms Marina Faetanini, Section Chief and Programme Specialist, Social & Human Sciences (SHS)

Ms Rekha Beri, Documentalist and Public Information Officer
* AIR FM Gold 106.4 MHz, AIR FM Rainbow 102.6 MHz, AIR MW Indraprastha 819 KHtz (366.3 meters)



A World of Migrants
Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya

The format of the 10 radio programmes is dramatized situations and portraits interspersed with short interviews and announcements of facts/statistics (All 10 Radio Programmes are available on the attached DVD, along with transcripts in both English and Hindi).

Each Radio Programme has a specific theme and an objective targeting a unique issue:

Radio Programme N.1 – The right to migrate: The programme contrasts how international migration is seen as desirable and internal migration is seen as problematic by the city dweller. The programme puts aspiration in context by juxtaposing the animated preparations before travel that migrants from both classes (lower and upper) undertake. The focus is on similarities to evoke empathy.

Radio Programme N.2 – The migrant as an entrepreneur: The lived experiences of migrants and their contributions to the place/city they migrate to: The ways in which they create opportunities and identities for themselves; the ways in which they create housing and water facilities for themselves.

Radio Programme N.3 – A life without migrants: Using satire and irony to draw out a number of everyday tasks that city dwellers take for granted that will come to a halt in the absence of the migrant community that is willing to take on the dangerous and difficult jobs.

Radio Programme N.4 – Disrupting the homogenous image: The child and his school; the woman and domestic work; the man in the factory/rickshaw (very short positive narratives)

Radio Programme N.5 – Belongings and un-belongings: How migrants’ identities depend on cultural, social and other cooperation and dynamics in the city and the amount of othering they face. The city dweller is a part of this project.

Radio Programme N.6 – The working woman: Creating an equity of inequities. A portrait of two migrant working women from two different classes struggling for childcare.

Radio Programme N.7 – Agencies and Choices: Narratives of the brave choices that migrants make when deciding to leave adversity and how they bring change in their source areas.

Radio Programme N.8 – Migration and Change: The small and incremental changes in gender norms; how the experience of travel expands narrow traditional and caste based restrictive practices.

Radio Programme N.9 – What can we do?: Highlighting very small and doable things city dwellers can do to contribute, like don’t haggle with the rickshaw puller, strike up a conversation, pay minimum wages, provide leave to the domestic help, etc.

Radio Programme N.10 – A did you know quiz with migrants and city dwellers alike on internationally acknowledged rights of migrants. It is done by asking people on the streets the questions regarding migration.

For full transcripts in Hindi and English, click here:

Social & Human Sciences (SHS), UNESCO New Delhi: Through the Gender Youth Migration Initiative (GYM) a UNESCO Online Initiative on Migration, UNESCO promotes the social inclusion of migrants (internal and international) in the economic, social, political and cultural life of the country, using a multi-track approach combining research, policy and advocacy. Since June 2014, the web-portal received 1.8 million page views from over 112,000 visitors belonging to 183 countries. A GYM Newsletter is issued monthly to 690 subscribers from across the world.

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17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of Rural Women and their Communities

unnamedAs a multi-issue call to organise for change providing advocacy tools, strategies, and recommendations for action, the 17 Days Campaign involves rural women leaders and their communities in becoming lobby groups for claiming basic human rights and demanding accountability from their governments. World Rural Women’s Day (15 Oct.) was created in 1995 in synergy with World Food Day (16 Oct.) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 Oct.). With this in mind, the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) decided to extend this campaign through 16 and 17 October to focus on the empowerment of rural women and their communities. The annual advocacy campaign was launched in 2015.

Communication Strategies: Every year, WWSF works with its partners, women’s rights and development organisations, grassroots groups, and the media to mobilise communities, connect women, men, girls, and boys to work for continued change and ensure that especially rural women rise and claim their right to developments, equality, and peace. The 17 Days initiative is about creating widespread multi-sectoral interest and increased action by women’s groups and networks to gain the support from partners, local authorities, donors, and academics to bring their priorities and practices to the forefront of policy and programming for the reduction of vulnerabilities to disasters, climate change, and poverty. It serves as an additional platform for mobilisation and education of the public at large.

As of 2016, WWSF is including in the 17 Days Kit [PDF] the adopted United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides information on the relevant SDG Targets to be reached by 2030 – especially SDG 5: By 2030, achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The kit provides those organisations who choose to register to be part of the 17 Days coalition with information and definitions, facts and figures, and resources for each of the 17 themes (see below), with a special focus on a main theme, which in 2016 is “Claim your right to mitigate and adapt to climate change”. The kit focuses on these campaign strategies:

  • Mobilising rural women leaders, organisations, and grassroots groups to claim their rights;
  • Strengthening local/national initiatives in rural communities and creating new women’s groups to rise for compliance;
  • Raising awareness of the multifaceted problems still facing rural women communities;
  • Educating for advocacy and providing empowerment tools;
  • Lobbying governments to implement UN declarations and recommendations for rural women and their communities;
  • Linking rural women and their communities to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW);
  • Bringing to light the inequalities and lack of progress in many rural areas, its multifaceted aspects of poverty, and the need to generate sufficient government and public support for improving life in rural areas; and
  • Creating new synergies at many levels between diverse actors (youth included) to empower communities.

The kit also includes a wide array of suggested ideas for action to support and assist coalitions who have registered to be part of the campaign to develop their own activities and events at a local, national, or international level. For example: “Build broad alliances with grassroots groups and networks to campaign with you on a given topic or several of them. Arrange meetings with government representatives and advocate for legislative changes necessary for compliance with CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action, and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.” People remain free to focus their campaign on the theme(s) of your choice, but the 17 themes (with more information on each available on the campaign website, are:

  • 1 Oct. Claim your right to development as a woman’s right
  • 2 Oct. Claim your right to education for you and your children
  • 3 Oct. Claim your right to safe water
  • 4 Oct. Claim your right to health and wellbeing
  • 5 Oct. Claim your right to adequate housing
  • 6 Oct. Claim your right to live in a clean environment
  • 7 Oct. Claim your right to mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • 8 Oct. Claim your right to economic development & autonomy
  • 9 Oct. Claim your right to information & communication technology
  • 10 Oct. Claim your right to land and inheritance
  • 11 Oct. Claim your right to decision-making and leadership
  • 12 Oct. Claim your right to security, safety, and an end to violence
  • 13 Oct. Claim your right to peace
  • 14 Oct. Claim your right to hold your leaders accountable
  • 15 Oct. Claim your right – Celebrate rural women & the International Day of Rural Women
  • 16 Oct. Claim your right to food & participate in the World Food Day
  • 17 Oct. Claim your right to an adequate standard of living & Participate in the Intl. Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Development Issues: Women, Rights, Environment

 Key Points: Selected facts and figures UN sources):

  • 70% of the world’s economically poor are women.
  • 145 out of 195 countries guarantee equality between women and men in their constitutions as of 2014.
  • Rural women are roughly 1.6 billion and represent more than a quarter of the total population.
  • Rural women represent two-thirds of all illiterate people.
  • Worldwide, women and children spend 140 million hours each day collecting water.

WWSF is an international solidarity and empowerment network with a mission to help advance the status of women and children by providing information, research and analysis, training workshops, conferences, and prize awards. 2016 marks WWSF’s 25th anniversary, celebrating its annual empowerment programmes, including the Prize for Rural Women, 19 Days of Activism for Prevention of Child Abuse, and the Swiss White Ribbon initiatives.

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Source: BNNRC

National Leadership and Capacity Building Program for Community Radio Practitioners – TARANG

Drishti announces the 2nd round of the national level leadership and capacity building program for Community Radio Practitioners – TARANG.

The program aims to build leadership skills amongst Community Radio practitioners from CRSes who are yet to be operational. The program with training, internship and handholding inputs aims to build competency of upcoming radio stations in designing programs, managing HR and planning for financial sustainability.

The course spreads out over nine months, also offers a much needed fellowship amount apart from covering training and internship costs, so that it encourages upcoming stations in their CR initiative.

However, there is a limited number of seats (only 5) and would be selected on the basis of a set of criteria. For details about the application process refer to the brochure by clicking here.

Hurry! Last date for submitting applications: 10th of June, 2016!