World Radio Day forum held in Accra

Accra, February 14, 2014 – A public forum was held in Accra to mark World Radio Day 2014. The occasion also afforded three invited radio stations to exhibit their work at a side event which took place at the International Press Centre. The three radio stations are Radio Universe, a community radio at the University of Ghana, Live FM and Y FM, both private radio stations in Accra. A minute silence was observed by participants at the start of the event in memory of Komla Dumor, the Ghanaian journalist of BBC fame who passed on early this year.

A cross section of the audience

A cross section of the audience

The forum was enriched with thought-provoking statements on Gender, media and democracy in Ghana by three of Ghana’s finest academicians in the field of Mass Communications and media studies.  They are Dr. Andy Ofori-Birikorang of the School of Mass Communications and Media Studies of the University of Winneba, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo of the School of Communications Studies, University of Ghana and Prof. Kwame Karikari, former Executive Director, Media foundation for West Africa. All the presenters clearly underlined the strong need to create the enabling environment to allow women equal opportunity in the radio industry. As the theme of this year’s commemoration of World Radio Day reflects on “Gender equality and women’s empowerment in radio”, the Forum provided the platform for the audience of diverse background to deliberate on issues that impede women’s participation in the industry or reduce gender content in the media.

School children being briefed by a representative of Radio Universe

School children being briefed by a representative of Radio Universe

A representative for ABANTU who launched their manifesto on the same day had a section on Women and Media with very important recommendations for government and policy makers.

Some basic school children were given information on the radio industry to fire up their imaginations to aim high.

Participants called for more of such insightful discussions and were very optimistic that such discussions could translate into policy change to allow for an equal playing field for media ownership in the country.

The messages by UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova and the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon were presented by UNESCO representative, Tirso Dos Santos. He also signed the book of condolence opened for the late Dumor.

Torso Dos Santos signing the book of condolence

Torso Dos Santos signing the book of condolence

The event was organised by The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre, Accra and the National Commission for UNESCO and hosted by the Ghana Journalists Association.