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Journalists join the fight for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Sunday, 2 February 2014

About 60 popular communicators and journalists from Bolivia and Peru are part of a process to boost Civic Journalism experiences in their communities and be part of the struggle for the exercise of sexual, reproductive rights and a life free of violence in their communities.

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The inclusion of these issues in the media agenda is key to a favorable public opinion to support these rights. Calandria Association of Social Communicators en Perú, son las instituciones que junto a Alianza por la Solidaridad, están promoviendo experiencias de Periodismo Cívico en Perú y Bolivia sobre los derechos de las mujeres. En Perú se reunieron una veintena de periodistas en Lima Norte y en Bolivia se cuenta con cinco planes de comunicadores populares de El Alto, Quillacollo, Bermejo y el Norte de La Paz para incluir en la agenda mediática cuestiones como el derecho de las mujeres a decidir si quieren tener o no hijos, cuando y como tenerlos, el acceso a servicios de salud sexual y reproductiva, etc. Derechos que en estos momentos no están garantizados.

Civic journalism is a form of journalism that begins with citizen participation and have a problem or need in a community becomes a news indeed. The popular and journalists or communicators[1] who choose to work under this methodology, form a network and call for a public debate on one or more issues. Used press releases, TV spots, radio or internet, to ask people what the problems affecting their community.

This experience, born in the United States and is then taken up in Colombia as a tool for democratize the mediaConvenes a massive media coverage based on the results of the first consultation. Thus, media coverage of the issue and is also responsible for identifying which proposals that and citizens have to fight are.

A final point in this process is when the journalist or communicator becomes popular means for people to encounter their authorities. Again network, responsible for promoting an event in which the public delivery demands and proposals to the representatives of the State, making public commitments that are disseminated in the media.

[1] They are men and women living in rural communities and that make community radio reporters. Reach your audience in native languages ​​and have a key role in the work of communities as they extend local and national information. Their role is generally reporters, operators, producers of radio equipment and various other tasks, making his major participation in the operation of community radio.

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