The World Association of Community Radio broadcasters (AMARC) activities were held from December 11 to 13, 2007, at the third Global Knowledge Conference GK3 Event on the Future, in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. One of our VOICE staff, Ms Farjana Akter, joined the AMARC-GK3 programme. As a member of AMARC-WIN delegation, Farjana Akter joined a seminar organized by AMARC on the `Role of Women Broadcasters vis-à-vis Good Governance’. The main objective of this seminar was to empower rural women to promote good governance through community media. The seminar was attended by various community radio broadcasters, NGO activists, and women groups from different regions of the world.
During the seminar, panelists said that Community radio can be used by rural women to empower themselves in their daily life, and that it should be a priority on the agenda because it can help increasing the participatory practice in a society, which leads to the people’s governance. Community radio can facilitate the people’s access to information and promote their participation on the local level decision-making process, which ultimately results in a greater participatory governance and a more democratic society.