The Importance of Being Heard
In Nepal, we call the news media a “third eye.” They play a vital role in development by minimizing the gap between the public and government. They alert the public by exposing hidden issues. If your group and your cause are covered by the media, there is stronger pressure for social justice and change.
That is why a new radio program has been launched this year by the Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and Children in Nepal (AATWIN). The alliance is a frontline partner of Free the Salves. AATWIN works to raise a strong and collective voice against human trafficking.
The new show is called “In Course of Life,” and airs on Citizen FM. The program broadcasts news about community developments to resist and overcome slavery around the country, providing a platform for slavery survivors and activists to speak. It builds an essential bridge between grassroots community work and national policymakers.
“Working with media became essential today,” says AATWIN Program Coordinator Benu Gurung. “It helps us bring our voices strongly to the wider community.” The show is heard in 32 districts of Nepal, reaching nearly half the country.
In Course of Life is just 30-minutes long, every other week. But it is amazing what even a short program can accomplish. As Nepali officials consider strengthening the country’s laws to combat slavery, it’s vital that the voices of people who know the impact of slavery first hand are being heard.
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