There is a generally agreed notion that women are marginalized in our society globally. What has differed over time is the level of marginalization. It is a very common knowledge these days that every activity in our lives is "SEXED" or "GENDERED". This simply means that we have all grown up to know that the society has been divided along gender lines. Boys has been trained to behave and act like men while the girls have been trained and brought up to act and behave like women. Some people say it is "socially constructed" while others attributed that to "religion", others say it is "Culture", yet some say it is caused by all the above. That segregation, discrimination, division and bias against sexes have been age long. It has come this far to affect the way we relate with women even in the present day, the way women are represented on radio then is not an exception. Women themselves have tried to fight back such negative socio-cultural and religious construct against them through "FEMINISM", "WOMANISM", SISTERHOOD" "GENDERED MAINSTREAMING" etc. The fact remains that women are not equally represented or presented on radio like any other group. The question is : How then can we involve women more on radio?. Yes, there are many challenges facing women from getting more or equal representation or presentation on radio programmes. The challenges include: Social, Cultural, Religious, Political, Psychological, Economical etc. The social constructions of dividing roles along sexual lines put women at the rear and men at the front. So the men are more in the top decision making levels of radio broadcasting in our societies, so they think about men related issues and prospects more in deciding and developing the contents of their stations. So less attention is given to women. Secondly, there is cultural prohibitions in many communities hat discourage women from speaking out or getting involved in certain areas of life like broadcasting. The political, economical and psychological challenges hinges on the facts that less women has economic powers to own and operate radio stations and all that. Educationally women are not as educated as men in equal proportion due to psychological intimation overtime and political decisions of subsequent government's decisions that never gave attention to women in the recent pasts.
There are other groups in my area that don’t have the same opportunity to participate in programs. These are the physically challenged and vulnerable groups. The children are also affected too when we think of involvement of everybody, The physically challenged are worst affected by this act of marginalization on radio.
The ways that broadcasters can help people that are normally left out be able to participate include: designing, producing and broadcasting radio programmes that are directly targeting these marginalized groups. Broadcasters can assist with pushing the envelopes of these groups by giving them voices on their radio. Agreed that women, children, physically challenged groups are not totally left out, but the level of interests and attention given to their interests have been swallowed by the commercial considerations of the radio broadcasters. In fact, recent studies have revealed that children's times on radio are fast been given away for adult sponsored programmes and entertainment contents. The old culture of having children , and women belts have been eroded off our broadcast schedules.
So there are so many groups in the society that have been marginalized and sidelined on radio women, children, physically challenged people, vulnerable persons and groups etc. The question begging for answers here are: How many women interest, children interest, blind, crippled, dumb etc people's interest programmes are on our daily time clocks? When we look very closely, our answers will spur us all to action. Other people are occupying this earthly space with us, we must involve and accommodate them in what we do. That is the spirit of social inclusion!