Jungle Radio, The
zondag 27 maart 2011 - 19:00
Ingrid de Vries, Latin America department of Radio The Netherlands, interviews Yamileth Chavarría, filmmaker Susanne Jäger and Chantal Gill'ard (PvdA).
Yamileth Chavarría was born in Bocana de Paiwas, a village deep in the jungle in the heart of Nicaragua. In the early 1990s, she and a few other women began organising feminist campaigns, which led in 1994 to the establishment of the Women's Centre. In January 2002, the same women launched the Women's Word radio station. Yamileth's radio show won an international award in 2005 from the UK-based One World Broadcasting Trust. She and the other women working at the radio station were immortalised in world literature when famous Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano devoted a chapter in his last book Espejos (Mirrors) to Women's Word, writing, "The radio receives and reports on the charges that are ignored by the police. The cops are busy chasing cattle thieves, and a cow is worth more than a woman."
Chantal Gill'ard (PvdA) is a Dutch politician. She was a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party from 30 November 2006 to 17 June 2010. In 2009, she went on a working visit to Nicaragua, focusing on Maternal Safety: women's rights, sexual education, pregnancy, abortion, childbirth and infant care.
Originally Surinamese-Antillean, Chantal became a board member of the Rotterdam chapter of the Labour Party in March 2005 and also took active part in her party's Multi-Ethnic Women's Network. She was elected to Parliament in the 2006 Lower House elections.
During her time in Parliament, Chantal's focus was on development cooperation and on medical and ethical issues. In November 2008, she co-organised an international conference on maternal health in The Hague for MPs and representatives from United Nations organisations. She stood for the Labour Party again in the 2010 Lower House elections, but was ranked too low (number 54 on the candidate list) to be re-elected.