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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Community radio experience empowers girl students


The women students associated with the Delhi University Community Radio (DUCR) feel more empowered by voluntarily contributing to making radio programmes covering women's issues like gender sensitisation, domestic violence, juvenile justice, child rights & LGBT rights. The programmes meant to create legal literacy among the masses are part of the "Legal Awareness Series Through Community Radio", a collaborative projects by Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) & DUCR. 

DUCR said the series of episodes related to legal awareness are in the finishing stages and will be on air from next month. "Students associated with DUCR have worked hard and are showing keen interest in making the legal awareness series which would educate common citizens about their rights and privileges and make them more empowered and aware," said R K Singh, technical and programme consultant, DUCR, and former engineer-in-chief of Doordarshan.The DUCR girls said the majority of women are poor, illiterate, unemployed and hence vulnerable, "In such a scenario every woman must be aware of her legal rights, as then she will have the courage to stand firmly against all odds. Getting associated with DUCR's legal series has generated awareness among all of us," said Gayathri Mani of DUCR. 

The sessions are handled by students themselves in collaboration with legal experts, including judges, "In all the sessions the participants frequently ask legal queries and common doubts. Thereafter expert advice from judges is taken and answers are prepared keeping the target audience in mind. The judges explain the issues in such a manner that lay persons can also understand it," said Mohit Kumar Gupta, a paralegal volunteer from DSLSA. The girl volunteers said they have learnt about many special laws meant for protection of women while preparing the series. "It's not only audiences who will benefit by listening to it but by being associated with DUCR in making and recording the programme we came to know about many special rights and privileges which we can avail. This fills us with a sense of self-confidence and empowerment," said Gayathri. Girl students from School of Open Learning (SOL), DU, are finding it easy to associate with the community radio as they can devote more time to it than full-time students. "Being a student of SOL, I got an opportunity to join DUCR and also to participate in this legal literacy project .Apart from awareness I got to learn so much from editing to recording, OB and programme production," said Heena Vashistha.


Forwarded By: Jainender Nigam,PB News Deskprasarbharati.newsdesk@gmail.com

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