Radio Jurnal Perempuan (Women's Journal Radio)
Country of Operation
- Yayasan Jurnal Perempuan (Women's Journal Foundation)Not-for-profit
SummaryRadio Jurnal Perempuan (RJP) is a 10 minute “magazine style” show produced by the Yayasan Jurnal Perempuan (Women's Journal Foundation), which raises women's rights and issues. The program aims to educate the general population and raise awareness of issues, reproductive health and sex education.
The radio program aims to educate the general population and build an awareness of emerging women’s issues, including reproductive health and sex education.
Key program components
Launched in 1999 with the support of USAID-OTI, RJP started as a conversation program on three radio stations in Jakarta - Delta FM, MS 3 and Pesona FM. RJP raises the experiences of women in all aspects of life: health, politic, social and economic. The radio program also discusses the daily issues of women that are often neglected in the media. Although RJP is directed toward all men and women, the program has particularly served Indonesian women who are mainly housewives. The program mini shows are recorded in Compact Disc (CD) format and are aired in more than 190 radio station partners throughout Indonesia through the distribution of CDs to these stations. The partner radio stations include Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) which is accessed by citizens who live in many of the country's rural areas. The program brings in a number of key resource people who are experts in women's issues. More than 700 interviews have been conducted by RJP where women discuss their issues and listen to stories of other women. More than 100 women in the humanitarian field have participated and more than 60 academics routinely provide their opinions to RJP. RJP topics are primarily centered around reproductive health issues, including maternal mortality in Indonesia and prevention of cervical cancer and HIV/AIDS. The discussions on cervical cancer include the risk factors, prevention measures, and treatment options. On HIV/AIDS, the program focuses on women's vulnerability to becoming infected with the disease, including the possibilities of getting infected from their spouses. It also discusses how positive attitude in the community can help reduce the stigma and ostracism against those infected by HIV/AIDS. RJP also raises the topic of how a woman who has HIV/AIDS can have a child through the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV program. A broad range of family planning issues are also discussed in the program including cases in which economically limited families are forced to entrust their babies to other people. Other sessions touch on men who intervene and forbid their wives to use family planning strategies or make decisions themselves without taking into account the negative effect on the health conditions and lives of their spouses. RJP also brings up the subject of malnutrition as both a health condition and a social issue in Indonesia. Malnutrition in children is prevalent in many regions of Indonesia, such as in East Nusa Tenggara and even the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. The program discusses about the perception within the Indonesian society that malnutrition in children is a sole result of a woman's incompetence to take care of her child's nutrition. Controversial subjects featured on the radio program include the reproductive health of female workers (an issue often overlooked by employers), health policies that do not support women's health, and the high prices of health services.