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ERIC Number: EJ886450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1302-6488
Voice of the Voiceless: Women Enlightenment, BOU and Community Radio
Akhter, Zobaida
Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, v11 n1 p35-41 Jan 2010
The Community broadcasting system poised for start-up in Bangladesh. Long run media-based NGOs, along with other NGOs and the private sector, were attempting to introduce community radio (CR) in Bangladesh. Both the public and private university are also considering a CR station on campus. In CR what will be new and attractive to the learners is the opportunity of interaction, which will be more participatory and pragmatic. In this article, the author discusses how women in particular will benefit from community radio, how to acquaint women groups with the role of media and the significance of their participation, what strategy can be used to conduct effective outreach programs for women, and how Bangladesh Open University (BOU) incorporates this issue. A literature review, empirical studies, and an interview with the CEO of Mass Line Media (MMS), the renowned media based NGO in Bangladesh, are conducted. The mandate of BOU is to reach the "unreached," including women in remote areas, one of the most vulnerable groups in Bangladesh. Community Radio appears to be the easiest way for BOU to reach those vulnerable groups with their mission and vision, and to thereby give a voice to the voiceless.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh