World Radio Day
World Radio Day is celebrated every year February 13, which celebrates the radio as a way of educating people, providing information, and promoting freedom of expression across cultures. It was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO’s 36th General Conference. It was originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain. The first procedure was in January 2008 by the president of the Spanish Radio Academy, Mr Jorge Álvarez, by letter to the director general of UNESCO, Koichirō Matsuura.
Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrates World Radio Day by planning activities with broadcasters, organizations and communities around the world.
Despite being over 100 years old, the radio is one of the most popular ways to exchange information, provide social interchange, and educate people all over the world. It has been used to help people, including youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters, and it gives journalists a platform to report facts and tell their stories. The first World Radio Day was officially celebrated in 2012.
World Radio Day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.
As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. It is essential to furthering UNESCO’s commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Through World Radio Day celebrations around the world, UNESCO will promote gender equality by:
- Sensitizing radio station owners, executives, journalists, and governments to develop gender-related policies and strategies for radio
- Eliminating stereotypes and promoting multidimensional portrayal in radio
- Building radio skills for youth radio production, with a focus on young women as producers, hosts, reporters
- Promoting Safety of women radio journalists