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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Building the bridge to public media

Building the bridge to public media

Knowing that women are the potential group and strategic in building writing habit, Centre for Community Development and Education (CCDE) Banda Aceh, is building a bridge for women to covey them to the public media by building writing habit among women. This big dream appeared based on the reality above. CCDE tries to break the silence and solves the problems of women by building women’s writing habit. Firstly designed in 2001 but it became reality in 2003, supported by WDP Germany. Here, the women were trained for three days with knowledge and skills in creative writing. The results of the training, more women can write creatively and it encouraged CCDE publishes a women magazine as the learning and advocacy media.

Then, one year after tsunami disaster, CCDE got financial support from Hivos to build the women’s writing habit . The grant was allocated for running serial of creative writing training, monthly discussions and publication. 100 women from 7 districts were trained during the program. After the training, women in field are involved actively in the monthly discussions for sharpening and encouraging women to write. So, the discussion forum is the medium for practicing women to communicate orally and written.

Some good progresses achieved and some changes happened. POTRET is published monthly and the number increases from 1000 to 2000 and this month increases to be 3000 copies. The lay out, number of pages, the colours, the size and also the contributors of the articles also increase every month. The distribution is also broader until to 12 districts in Aceh, and out of Aceh. POTRET to day is available at the bookstores. Women’s participation build POTRET sustainability is high now.

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