Supporting Indigenous Women’s Leadership
Indigenous women’s voices matter. Cultural Survival supports Indigenous women’s leadership in media. "For a visible life in a limited world" is a training process for Indigenous women communicators in community journalism with an intercultural gender approach. Our trainings support Indigenous women’s leadership in radio by working to improve their radio operations through a series of workshops and exchanges. We train local volunteers in journalism, broadcasting, interviewing, recording, audio editing, and technical skills. Our workshops also focus on deepening the dialogue on intercultural gender issues, improving locution, script writing with inclusive language, and audio mastering to improve production quality.
The objective of the project is to strengthen the leadership of participants through the power of radio and trainings in community journalism with an intercultural approach to land-based community feminism. The trainings develop the capacity of Indigenous women radio producers who later inspire and implement change at their radio stations by pushing for gender equality and equity.
Since 2016, we have organized over 22 trainings benefitting more than 270 women. Recent trainings have taken place in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Nepal. The attendees learn how to improve their radio operations through a series of workshops and exchanges. We train local volunteers in journalism, broadcasting, interviewing, recording, audio editing, and technical skills. Our women’s empowerment workshops focus on deepening the dialogue on intercultural gender issues, improving locution, script writing with inclusive language, and audio mastering to improve production quality. We have been restructuring these courses based on the individual and collective experiences of participants. This has also allowed us to understand the real situation of women in radio stations and their territories.
In the long term, we aim to support Indigenous women as they build momentum around gender equality in Indigenous community media. Our vision is to create a lasting and permanent impact on community radio and other community institutions where gender inequalities exist and to strengthen the connections between the women's rights, human, and Indigenous rights movements. Progress towards full equality and the exercise of rights without restrictions will only be possible if Indigenous women are visible, heard, and effective participants in decision-making.
Radio programming developed and focused on Indigenous women raises the profile of their problems to the community and authorities. We value that female listeners have their perspectives validated by broadcast programs. Over time, community members who listen to radio programming begin to assess their experience and learn about the rights of Indigenous women whose voices are often not heard.
This process has been possible thanks to the support of the Channel Foundation and the Appleton Foundation. We continue to expand the number of participants and beneficiary countries.