Sangham Radio Own Mathan South Asia Award 2009

Sangam Radio, a community radio station, and an initiative of the Deccan Development Society (DDS) won laurels by bagging an award in the Community Broadcasting Category of the Manthan Awards, which recognize best e-content practices in South Asia. DDS has a lot to cheer about, because it has been chosen for the award out of the 360 nominations received from South Asia for 13 different categories.

The Sangham Community Radio, hailed by the jurors as a “new empowering tool” is a pioneer in its sphere, as it was one of the first initiatives which started the community radio movement in India. The radio broadcasts to a radius of 25 kms covering about 100 villages and a population close to 50,000. It is owned, managed and operated by women marginalized by society and history. Sangham, meaning "collective", reflects the true spirit of community radio. Its aim is to give Dalit women a forum of their own to articulate the issues they face as a group subjected to the triple jeopardy of class, caste and gender. . Major themes include agriculture, women’s health, utilization of natural resources and education. “If they can’t use literacy to deal with the outside world we must give them other tools. That’s how we honed in on video and radio,” explains PV Satheesh, the director of Deccan Development Society. All the work of Deccan Development Society is focused on ensuring women's control over their own lives and issues.




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