As we celebrate Human Rights Month, Partners in Sexual Health (PSH) in partnership with AmplifyChange.org has launched the community’s first radio station which will be focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The radio station will be targeting young people internationally and speaking about issues that matter to them and give them access to essential sexual and reproductive health and rights information.
“When Covid-19 hit last year, we ran a bit behind, but I’m happy to say we didn’t stay down for very long. We were able to adapt and move onto the online medium. We wanted to keep our connections with our audience even whilst in lockdown. We thought a radio station would be just the wave we needed,” said PSH Chief Executive, Patricia De Lora.
The radio station will be run and manned by young people, truly allowing them to participate in conversations that are centered around young people. Furthermore, the community radio station will also work as a platform where they can be trained, promoted and exposed to even more opportunities.
The Parow-based organisation spent the half of last year organising and mobilising resources to build the radio station. Several young PSH members are undergoing training at the facility in Parow, preparing for the radio’s online debut in mid-April. All programming related to the new initiative will be soon made accessible to the public on the organisation’s website.
“For me, this is a dream come true. A platform that was designed for me and will allow me to participate wholly and be able to also reach out to my peers and pull them into conversations we should be having unreservedly,” concluded Tracey Fredericks who is a PSH member.