RADIO DRAMA TO ADVOCATE ON GBV AND HEALTH ISSUES

"There was a great need for an educational show like Raun Wantaim Savemahn, especially in a country like PNG where violence was widespread and seen as normal."



A brand new PNG radio drama series recently launched in Port Moresby aims to change behavior, mindsets and breaking societal norms in the key areas violence against women and children, nutrition, health, early childhood learning, water sanitation and hygiene rights across the country.

The show, titled “Raun Wantaim Savemahn” was aired this week on the National Broadcasting Corporation’s (NBC) radio station on FM90.7.

Pacific Women for Pacific Development Support Unit County Programme Manager Richelle Tickle said there was a great need for an educational show like Raun Wantaim Savemahn, especially in a country like PNG where violence was widespread and seen as normal.

“Girls, women and children need to be able to feel safe, especially when they are walking around on the streets thus this initiative is very important,” she said.

Manager for Health Promotion at the National Department of Health Dr Daoni Esorom in support said the radio drama series is the perfect medium to allow majority of people in the country to listen to the program as not many people have access to newspapers or television.

UNICEF PNG Country Representative David McLoughlin stated that the show itself will help provide information to many people who may not be in positions to easily access information that is ofgreat matter to them.

“The media, especially radio, plays an important role in raising awareness of issues as well as becoming meaningful and positive media experiences that can shape people’s views,” said Mr McLoughlin.



Raun Wantaim Savemahn will be aired every Tuesday at 8:10pm and replayed every Thursday at 10:10am.

By Paula DAVID
September 8, 2019