2nd Press Release

As a contribution to the communications strategy of the Caribbean Conference ”Strengthening Accountability and Changing Culture to End Violence against Women” of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Barbados this coming 10-11 of October, Feminist International Radio Endeavour (FIRE) will be webcasting live the two days of the Conference in Barbados.

The FIRE-PLACE webcast initiative consisting of webcast of the major actions will be organized by Feminist International Radio Endeavour (FIRE) in coordination with he UNIFEM media team and journalists and communicators of the Caribbean women’s movement.

Special efforts will aim at providing visibility to all initiatives, specially those that highlight the trajectory of the women’s movement and the protagonism of women victima/advocates and activists.

Joining the FIREPLACE will be as simple as joining a fireplace back home or a circle or bon fire anywhere. All participants have o do is bring their voices and experience. We will make them news.

He international audience can also listen to it back home and even download free all the sound file to rebroadcast in radio stations.

The FIREPLACE will relay live streaming over the internet in he original languages spoken. The audio files are also saved (both with a recording device and as a sound file on the server) for simultaneous webcast or later re-use both on the internet and by community and commercial radio stations worldwide.

The recorded audio files are archived on the internet for "on demand" listening also, whenever people want to go to the site and listen. Other venues re-broadcast the programs via conventional radio, their web pages, magazines and electronic venues. Press, electronic mails and magazine journalists listen and produce features for their media.

Background of the FIREPLACE strategy

FIREPLACE webcasts are a strategy of FIRE since 1999, consisting of a radio station placed in the middle of any conference or meeting to open its microphones to women so that they can share with an international audience their news, reports, debates, feelings and analysis when gathering to struggle for social change.

Such webcasts are designed under a strategy of FIRE's own creation in interaction with other women in media and media groups. Since it began webcasting in 1998, Feminist International Radio Feminist (FIRE) has designed its own concept of what a feminist - Internet - international - community - radio - station in the Internet can be. It combines the multimedia capability of the Internet in a radio format, that is, a format that has the oral language of women at the center, with a multiplying strategy as the backbone. ‘By all means connecting voices, technologies and actions, amplifying women's voices worldwide' became FIRE´s slogan as of 1998 when it substituted the world of shortwave radio broadcasting (1991-1998) for a multimedia approach to radio production.

Among a variety of activities, FIRE conducts special coverage of and from events, organizes and produces webcast marathons on special occasions; and also produces women's PEACECASTS, all of which serve to mobilize awareness and participation. FIRE also conducts training in webcasting, which serves to build women's capacities with new information technologies.

What is FIRE?

As an international communications venue, FIRE aims to bring a wide diversity of voices to the world's media. Its mission is to: amplify the voices and ideas of women; promote the human rights of women; connect multiple voices, technologies and actions; strengthen women's and Third World media efforts by participating in networks, and in local, regional and global initiatives; generate individual and collective commitment to movement building and action; and produce high quality, non-sexist, activist programs in Spanish and English for radio and the internet.

Feminist International Radio Endeavour -- FIRE -- is the first international Internet radio produced by women (see webpage in Spanish and English at: www.fire.or.cr). Based in Costa Rica , FIRE was broadcast originally on shortwave starting in 1991 and in 1998 began its innovative Internet Radio initiative. FIRE was created originally in order to use radio to its fullest potential, as a resource to amplify the voices of the women worldwide.

From within its feminist, Latin American and Global South identity, in 1998 this organization expanded its mission to include the creative combination of new technologies with traditional radio. One of its main characteristics is that seeks to develop new forms of communications, contributing to change the flow of information in the world order, providing to the world order access to the voices and perspectives of women through the combination of traditional radio and new technologies such as computers and telematics, in order to access a new concept of radio. It combines conventional radio with Internet, and contains a strategy that transcends the users of Internet, to be multiplied in diverse formats of communication, through rebroadcasts in local radios, international shortwave radio, magazines, newspapers, electronic networks, Web pages, etc.

Tune in to FIRE at www.radiofeminista.net during the Conference.
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