"Do They have Someone to Love Them" - Weekly Anti-Discrimination Programme on Darik Radio and Radio Internships for Roma

Project facts

Project promoter
Darik Foundation
Project Number:
BG05-0005
Target groups
Civil servants/Public administration staff,
Minorities
Status:
Completed
Initial project cost:
€23,346
Final project cost:
€19,974
From EEA Grants:
€ 15,696
The project is carried out in:
Bulgaria

Description

The project addresses growing discrimination against vulnerable groups of people (the Roma, refugees, minorities, people with disabilities, children, domestic violence victims) due to deteriorating economic conditions and living standards. The project aims at putting forward the difficulties faced by these people in a visible way thus giving voice to the voiceless and raising the awareness of the competent authorities and the public. 2 modules are planned. First, 52 weekly anti-discrimination radio programmes will be aired on Darik Radio for a year. The 50-minute long programmes will focus on fighting racism, discrimination, xenophobia, etc. Second, 5 four-month journalism internships for Roma young people will be carried out at the radio station. The project will benefit not only the target group of vulnerable people but will also involve and raise the awareness of all the other stakeholders. The partner BHC will contribute with its experience in the field.

Summary of project results

The project addressed the growing discrimination against vulnerable groups of people (the Roma, refugees, minorities, people with disabilities, children, domestic violence victims) due to deteriorating economic conditions and living standards. The most important result is the increased awareness of the audience (45 radio broadcasts) of Darik Radio and Darik News regarding the human rights. Through the "Give Me the Right" series (http://radio.dariknews.bg/?page=show&id=154&type=audio), they were informed of the laws that defend them, of the vicious practices that violate them, of the commitment of the institutions and the society to the protection and observance of the rights, of the efforts of human rights organizations, of the situation of the human rights in the country in comparison with more developed democracies. Besides, the series has contributed also to the gradual formation of a tolerant attitude towards differences. Another available effect is the support provided to listeners/readers who suffer from discrimination attitudes. The unconditional protection of their rights in the national air of popular media as Darik Radio and Darik News has inevitably inspired them with confidence and courage in defending their rights taken away. Furthermore, the radio internship done by 5 Roma youth is an activity with a direct effect on the development of the interns. Two of them were given the opportunity to work as freelance reporters for Darik Radio after finishing their internship. For the rest of the interns their internship meant new knowledge, getting to know the profession of journalism from the inside, communicating with people and ideas to which they had not had access before, new social experience, and increased confidence.

Summary of bilateral results