Women's pirate radio - underside of history Print E-mail
Women's pirate radio -- underside of history

In the mid-1970s, the women's movement, particularly in Western Europe, used pirate radio (low power unlicensed broadcasting) to strengthen the visibility of women's issues. Feminist groups in several European countries became forerunners in the development of "free radio".

Radio Donna in Rome, Les Nanas Radioteuses in Paris and Radio Pleine Lune in Ferney-Voltaire in France along the Swiss border, were some of the earlier experiments with local radio.

Radio programmes were made on a variety of issues seldom considered in conventional radio programming. Abortion, for example, then virtually a taboo topic, was raised by the female radio pirates.

Women's sexuality, prostitution, migration and trafficking were also raised in community radio. Programmes produced on these themes would not otherwise be broadcast by government or commercial stations. Or, if they were,the coverage was distorted in ways that put the blame on the women themselves.

Cited in the Gender and ICT Report, by Anita Gurumurthy et al