On Thursday evening 6th August, 2009 in Melbourne Australia the first on-air ‘Working Together for Equality‘ caravan took place. The caravan was set up to gather information for the 15 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action. The 2 hour show, hosted by Carole Shaw (JERA International) and Kaz Mitchell (JOY 95.9 FM) led listeners through the history of the Beijing Platform for Action, the review process and ways in which to participate. JOY 95.9 FM has over 216,000 listeners per month, not including audience members listening in via the web.

Listeners were invited to call in, email and sms issues and recommendations to be input into the review report. The show will be podcast soon on the JOY website and will be posted on the JeraInternational.org website.

Key issues raised were the invisibility of gay and lesbian voice in policy, financial security for older women who have had breaks from the workforce, health, homophobia in schools, social isolation, lack of women presenters in news and current affairs programs, the links between AFL sport and violence against women, reproductive choice, and the fact that many women do not know what is available to support thier rights. All issues and recommendations will be included in the NGO review report ‘Working Together for Equality”.

Our thanks go to JOY 95.9 FM, is a listener supported community radio which serves the needs of the diverse GLBTIQ community by providing talks shows, news, current affairs, music and more by broadcasting on 94.9 FM in Melbourne and beyond via www.joy.org.au.

Download the podcast here.

Or listen to streaming version here (see “Women’s Frequency’).

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