Starting them young: Indigenous community radio in Colombia conducts training for future media practitioners

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By Staff on July 19, 2019  Young Indigenous  Colombians practice what they learned from a media production and communication rights training organized by WACC partner Tayrona Estereo. Photo: Contributed Fifty young Kankuamos, Wiwas, Koguis, and Arthuacos recently took part in a media production and communication rights training organized by Tayrona Estereo, an Indigenous community radio station in Colombia. Tayrona Estereo was… Read more »

Advancing Newar Indigenous language, literature and culture via radio

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By Staff on July 17, 2019   One of 20 public events on Indigenous rights and heritage being hosted across Kathmandu Valley by Radio Newa FM, a community radio station based in Kirtipur, Nepal. Photo: Contributed   Radio Newa FM, a community radio station based in Kirtipur, Nepal, has launched a series of field visits and dialogues on Indigenous heritage and… Read more »

GMMP seeks country coordinators for parts of Asia and Eastern Europe

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By Staff on July 16, 2019   Volunteers take a snapshot of  how women and men are represented in the day’s news in Bangladesh during the 2015 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). Photo: Contributed The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), scheduled for 2020, is still in need of volunteer national coordinators for several countries in Asia and Eastern Europe. Volunteer coordinating… Read more »

Developing a global spirit of compassion

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By Philip Lee on July 12, 2019 Youth and climate stand out at UN forum on sustainable development. Pictured here: Youth Strike for Climate Action protest in Bath, United Kingdom on May 24, 2019.​ Photo: Ben Warick-Champion/Shutterstock Nations across the world now have an “unprecedented opportunity to talk to each other and learn from each other”, Inga Rhonda King, President of… Read more »

Narrow the gaps! The United Nations is listening

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   The UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is underway at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Philip Lee UN meetings are often bureaucratic. This one has a sense of urgency. With its rather dull title, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is taking place in New York 9-18 July 2019. Its theme is “Empowering people… Read more »

SDGs bound to fail without civil society, access to information

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  Women march together in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016,  in Dhawa, a village in the Gorkha District of Nepal. The banner reads, “106th International Women’s Day” and “Implement the Constitution and Guarantee Women’s Rights.” Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance  The growing trend of shrinking civic spaces around the world is likely to end or reverse progress… Read more »

WACC welcomes new summer intern

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By Staff on July 05, 2019 Olivia Michael, WACC’s new intern, at WACC’s office in Toronto. Photo: Marites Sison Olivia Michael – an incoming third year student this fall at the University of Toronto, where she is pursuing a double major in health studies and sociology –  has joined WACC for a two-month internship. Michael said the fact that WACC has… Read more »

WACC to send delegates to Madrid conference on communication, technology & human dignity

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By Staff on July 03, 2019   Located within Cibeles Palace, home to Madrid City Hall, this large courtyard covered with an immense glass dome, will host the IAMCR opening ceremony. Photo: Madrid City Hall. Program managers Sarah Macharia and Lorenzo Vargas will represent WACC at the 2019 International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, scheduled July 7 to… Read more »

Nepalese Indigenous radio technicians become more handy

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By Staff on July 02, 2019 Nepalese radio technicians learn techniques for disconnecting a transmitter to protect it from lightning, and for preventing and removing viruses from computers, among other things, during a workshop organized by Indigenous Community Radio Network (ICRN), a WACC partner. Photo: Courtesy of ICRN From tightening an antenna to changing a busted fuse, 24 Nepalese community radio… Read more »

Queen’s University student grateful for ‘diverse’ internship experience at WACC

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By Staff on June 28, 2019 Gabrielle Sweeny-Tobin is finishing a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont. Photo: M. Sison Gabrielle Sweeny-Tobin, a Queen’s University student with a keen interest in the intersection of development, communications, and human rights, is wrapping up her internship at WACC and is leaving, she said,  with… Read more »