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Available at UNESCO Mexico website: more than 250 radio contents in at least 16 indigenous languages

On the World Radio Day 2020, UNESCO calls for diversity inside of radio stations and their content programs

February 11, 2020, Mexico City.- Spots, testimonies and histories that reflect the culture, rituals, customs, daily life and stories of how some communities look for the preservation of the environment and their native languages. These are some of the contents (produced in indigenous languages) that are already available at the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) website. The purpose is to support the linguistic diversity in media during the World Radio Day (February 13), which thematic subject is “We are diversity, we are the radio”.

 

Given its characteristics, radio remains as the media source with higher consumption in the world, which turns it into a key platform to promote and defend cultural and even natural diversity, providing a space for all the voices to be represented and listened.

 

 “The Radio is also an instrument for diversity. It is the voice of the voiceless, the voice of the minorities and indigenous communities, whom otherwise would not be able to express themselves”, mentioned Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

 

UNESCO Mexico’s Field Office joins the World Radio Day 2020 and calls every transmitter to promote diversity both, inside their organizations and their contents. That’s why, along with other organizations and institutes, such as the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples, Organization Networks  for Equity, diversity and Sustainability and the Culture Ministry, UNESCO Mexico Field Office offers the website es.unesco.org/pluralidadenlosmedios/contenidos, where audios, radio series and spots in indigenous languages can be downloaded.

 

In the radio series De la mano construimos caminos, female broadcasters from the Network of Indigenous Women that do radio (MIRA), compile information and experiences about lactation, menstruation, childbirth, social and economic empowerment of women, just to mention a few examples. The Project Abrazos Amorosos a la Madre Tierra is also available, an initiative from young people working at Tsilincali Radio Morelos, Estereo Jowa, La Ixtahueca Radio, Radio Puchumbaj, and Radio Gulichi in the state of Oaxaca, who share stories,  knowledge and experiences from indigenous communities in the aftermath of the 2017 earthquakes.

 

It is also possible to find phrases and greetings in more than ten autochthonous languages, short spots that can be used as content for different broadcasting stations. This material can also be used to generate curiosity of learning these indigenous languages.

 

On the other hand, the Cultural Indigenous Broadcasting System of the International Institute for the Indigenous Peoples (SRCI of INPI) will be playing a series of live interviews about the World Radio Day to be transmitted on 21 radios of the System on February 13, starting at 9 am, during the news program Voces. Furthermore, a program featuring testimonies compiled by the Network Ecos Indígenas will be aired from 11 am to 1 pm.

 

 “These materials have the purpose of supporting the role radio plays in indigenous, rural, migrant communities in our country and the world”, informed SRCI of INPI Deputy.

 

UNESCO also extends the invitation to the more than fifteen hundred radio frequencies that air in Mexico (private, public, social, communitarian and indigenous), as well as to the institutions and organizations that work around linguistic diversity and the revitalization of indigenous communities, to participate in a radio day event, in which each member broadcasts content that reflect linguistic plurality in the country. And also, to join the transmission of the SRCI, INPI or other indigenous stations. These efforts can be registered in UNESCO’s website to make actions around the world in favor of diversity visible.

 

In the same way, we invite media and Internet users to promote related digital content with the tags #DiaMundialDeLaRadio y #WorldRadioDay.

 

For more information, please contact:

Gabriela Velázquez

Information and Communication Sector.

g.velazquez-alvarez@unesco.org

+52 (55) 52807071, ext. 22