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Yes to Radio, Yes to Trust on World Radio Day

Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).

Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out to the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented, and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints, and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.

Radio continues to be one of the most trusted and used media in the world, according to different international reports. The theme of the 2022 edition of World Radio Day is thus devoted to "Radio and Trust."

2022 - 2032 is the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, and here Cultural Survival's Indigenous Rights Radio visits Kenya to hear how a new radio station that was supported by Cultural Survival and our partner WACC, will help to revitalize the language and culture of the Rendille Peoples. We speak to Mario Kuraki of the Fereiti Action Network, who is spearheading this initiative.

We also caught up with Khwedam Radio in Namibia, to hear about the progress of the radio station that has also received support from Cultural Survival in 2018 and 2020.

To celebrate World Radio Day 2022, Hindenburg is teaming up with Cultural Survival again to support our mission to advance Indigenous Peoples' rights & cultures worldwide. Hindenburg will donate 10% of all income from World Radio Day 2022 proceeds to Cultural Survival.

New Radio Station in Kenya Will Help to Revitalize Rendille Language and Culture

A new community radio station is set to launch in Kenya with the help of a grant from Cultural Survival’s Indigenous Community Media Fund as well as funding from Cultural Survival’s partner WACC. The radio station will broadcast in the Rendille language and will focus on revitalizing the language and culture of Rendille Peoples, as well as keeping the local people in Laisamis Subcounty, home to five different Indigenous Tribes, well-informed about issues that affect them.

Radio is a Powerful Tool that Protects Indigenous Knowledge

Khwedam Radio in Namibia was started in 2019 with support from Cultural Survival as an internet radio station. In this radio program, we hear about the progress of the station, as well as some of the challenges experienced by the management of the station.

Radio Promotes Diversity

Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity. For Indigenous Peoples in many countries, radio is the most accessible platform to have their say in their native languages. Radio, therefore, is a fundamental means of communication for Indigenous Peoples to maintain their languages and to exercise and defend their rights. Moreover, radio is a means of ensuring the right to information in all sectors of society. For Indigenous Peoples, however, access and ownership of the radio station, and means of production of information in our languages, are essential. 

Cultural Survival Global News Bulletin February 2022

Global news on the topic of Indigenous Rights. This bulletin features stories from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.