Localizing UNSCR1325 through grassroots communication in Sierra Leone

Carol Azungi Dralega

Abstract


This paper investigates the effectiveness of a communication strategy aimed at promoting the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) initiated by the New York based International Women’s Tribune Centre (IWTC) in Sierra Leone. The paper aims to share results of a broader IWTC commissioned evaluation (which included projects in Uganda) carried out in Feb – April 2009. Four levels of analysis are pursued here: a) the media choices and rational i.e. community radio; b) content – radio drama series on UNSCR1325; c) processes – the nature of participatory and public deliberative processes involved and d) Outcomes. The aim is to examine the individual impact and interrelationships between the focal community of interest, i.e.: a) women’s peace advocacy organizations; b) responses from the main stakeholder institutions and d) the general public studied within the complex local and national political, socio-cultural and legal frames and context. The role and impact study aims to establish the scope and nature of change the initiative has caused in terms of: action on UNSCR 1325; capacity development; awareness rising, attitudinal change and so on.

Keywords


International law, community radio, mobile telephones, feminist activism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15847/obsOBS532011398