World Radio Day 2021
February 13 is World Radio Day, which celebrates the radio as a way of educating people, providing information, and promoting freedom of expression across cultures. It is also a day to remember the unique power of radio which touches lives and brings people together from every corner of the globe.
This year the theme of this day is “Evolution, Innovation, and Connection”. This theme is focused on sustainability, mobility, and services of the radio to our society.
The radio is one of the most popular ways to exchange information, provide social interchange, and educate people all over the world. It has been used to help people, including youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters, and it gives journalists a platform to report facts and tell their stories. The first World Radio Day was officially celebrated in 2012.
Radio stations were encouraged to create broadcasts providing a platform for dialogue and democratic debate over issues, such as migration or violence against women, helping to raise awareness among listeners and inspire understanding for new perspectives in paving the way for positive action.
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity. For Indigenous Peoples in many countries, radio is the most accessible platform to have their say in the languages that they speak and understand. Radio, therefore, is a fundamental means of communication for Indigenous Peoples to maintain their languages and to exercise and defend their rights.