Women-Led Radio Station Amplifies Voices of Indigenous Communities in Argentina
Date Written: 2018-11-20
Publisher: Toward Freedom
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23143
In the late 1990s several Indigenous women founded a radio station which continues to broadcast. It resists cultural subjugation and provides a voice to Indigenous people.
Although since 1994 the Argentine constitution has recognized indigenous peoples' communal ownership of the lands they had ancestrally occupied, that right has so far rarely been translated into reality.
The land issue, of course, occupies a fundamental place in the programming of La Voz Indígena, which used to broadcast for 12 hours, from 8:00 to 20:00, but now is only on the air from 7:30 to 15:00, due to the same budgetary restrictions suffered by most people in Argentina, due to the rise in public service rates and inflation.
But the station also tackles other issues relating to the defense of indigenous cultures and languages, the history of their peoples and the lives and rights of women, in programs that are generally broadcast live and that in the early hours of the morning are devoted to current affairs.