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January 30, 2011

Use of radio as peace building medium urged


January 30, 2011

Exploring the ways of using radio as a peace-building medium, as many as 30 people working in radio attended a four-day training workshop to find a common ground on conflicting issues through talk shows.
The workshop ‘Radio for peace building’ was organised by Uks-a research, resource and publication centre on women and media in collaboration with Search for Common Grounds in which the radio producers from across the country participated.
It was for the first time that a training of this nature was organised for senior producers and programme managers from Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) providing them with an opportunity to learn and share their own experiences on how radio could be used for peace building.
Though quite extensive, the training looked at peace building not as a one-time activity, but as a process that occurs on multiple levels, personal, community and national and how radio can facilitate this process.
Producer Sadiqua Malai was a true source of inspiration and motivation for the women not only belonging to radio, but from other professions. She in her urge to attend workshop headed Islamabad all the way from Quetta along with her two-year-old daughter. “I am a professional lady but a mother as well. We should try to keep a balance on our responsibilities,” she added.
She said she knew that the workshop was going to help her a lot in her profession so she decided not to let the opportunity go waste. “It was just tremendous and would help a lot in giving new dimensions to my programmes,” she admitted.
She termed it the responsibility of organisations to provide a favourable working environment to women so that they could excel in their fields. “I would not have been able to achieve the position if I was not provided support from my colleagues and organization. My daughter is not only accompanying me here, but she also goes to office with me everyday, which helps me pay full attention to my work

without worrying about home.”
Participants assessed radio’s role in today’s Pakistan from a peace and conflict perspective, shared their experiences that how radio programming can be geared towards promoting coexistence and tolerance in Pakistani society.
“Balochistan is a multi ethnic city where we are facing a worsen type of conflict. Such workshops could play a significant role to cater to the requirements of all types of people living there and how our programme could help in creating harmony among them,” said Sultan Shahwani, PBC Station Director, Khuzdar.
He said that they were having huge talent among the youth, but fewer opportunities to polish them. “We have to hire services of professionals belonging to other stations as we have very few opportunities to hire youth and then to train them,” he added.
He said that radio could be an effective mode to promote an environment of coexistence in the region.

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