Community radio brings out hidden talent of village women, men
Lucknow, Jan 12 (IANS) For Sunita Chandel looking after her family was a full time job - till she discovered the joys of being a radio reporter. The housewife from a village in Uttar Pradesh now records and edits programmes for the community radio and has encouraged other women to follow suit.
“It is difficult for me to believe that as a daughter-in-law of the village, I am actually recording programmes, doing editing and in fact solving issues of women,” said Sunita, a radio reporter of Alapur village of Lalitpur district, about 350 km from here.
“I am both happy and proud today that I have succeeded in becoming a community reporter,” she said.
Lalit Lokvani, the community radio, is a joint initiative of a Sai Jyoti Gramudyog Seva Sansthan, an NGO working in the rural areas, and UNICEF.
“If it is difficult to step out of the home for a daughter-in-law, believe me, it is even more difficult for a daughter, but I held my ground and today I have set an example for the village girls,” said Varsha, a young community reporter.
Sunita and Varsha were speaking at an interface with reporters here and both had stepped out of Lalitpur for the first time.