HC Deb 06 March 2000 vol 345 c528W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list radio projects funded by her Department which aim to disseminate information for women. [112830]

Clare Short

We actively support a range of radio projects that are specifically designed to disseminate development information to women, or which contain women focused information within a more general media for development initiative. Some current examples of such include:

BBC World Service Great Lakes Lifeline Service—Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo—features programmes on women and a soap opera produced by Health Unlimited addressing women's health issues.

Soul City Multimedia (TV, radio and press) project—South Africa/Southern Africa Region—support information on violence against women, rape and HIV/AIDS. Developed in conjunction with the strengthening of the National Network on Violence Against Women.

Others include: Radio Gulu in Northern Uganda; Search for Common Ground radio soap opera in Angola; BBC Education Children in Conflict Radio Service; Project SPEAR emergency radio broadcasting for Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo; Farm Broadcast Unit in Bangladesh, BBC Radio Education for Afghan Children in Afghanistan.