Thursday, June 25, 2009

SEWA gets licence to run community radio

Mahila SEWA Trust of Ahmedabad is to be the 48th licensee in the country to get a community radio station.

The Letter of Intent has been issued to the Institute after recommendations of Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. SEWA started its community radio initiatives for building capacity of the women of the informal sector. The main objective of the activity is to provide information and education to the members in the remotest of the villages.

The radio programmes are made on different subjects like health, water, agriculture, animal husbandry, national and international events. The programmes particularly emphasize community participation. The professional experts give the training to the women at the grassroot level.

Mahila SEWA (Self Employed Women Association) was set up on 18 June 1975 under the Bombay Public Trust Act. Mahila SEWA Trust's main goals are to organise women workers for full employment and self reliance.

The Ministry encourages setting up of the Community Radio Stations as CRS promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to express themselves, and empower the women. The main aim of starting the CRS is to provide different and useful information to the people in nearby villages.

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