New Delhi, 1 May 2017: On the occasion of International Labour Day, UNESCO has launched an awareness campaign. It highlights the importance of creating inclusive urban spaces for migrants. Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya or A World of Migrants is a series of 10 Radio Programmes (3–4 minutes each) produced by UNESCO. It features several real-life situations involving migrants and the challenges they face in accessing their rights and entitlements.
The first radio programme was aired today on three channels of All India Radio (FM Gold, FM Rainbow and MW Indraprastha)*. The complete series will be broadcast over a period of 4 weeks, on weekdays, twice a day, from 1 May till 26 May 2017.
With Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya, UNESCO attempts to disrupt the singular image of the underprivileged migrant as a suffering, needy and dependent person to a resilient, strong survivor and entrepreneur through the medium of radio.
The radio programmes adopt alternative narratives to highlight unique characteristics of migrants in the city, for example: migrants as agents of development, migrants as upholders of cultural diversity, the migrant working woman, migrants as contributors to skill diversity and migrants as symbol of new aspirations.
The approach adopted is to evoke empathy amongst urban dwellers by focusing on similarities between migrants from rural areas and residents from urban areas. The series will focus on sharing the lived experience and contributions of migrants to the cities they migrate to and thereby disrupt the homogeneous image. “We wish to draw attention to the brave choices migrants make and encourage city dwellers to ensure that migrants feel part of a city which is welcoming, inclusive and recognizes migrants entitlement to a dignified life” says Ms. Marina Faetanini, Section`s Chief and Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO New Delhi.
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