Date of Graduation

Fall 12-16-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies


International Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Roberta Katz


In 1991, for the first time in history, the Constitution recognized that Colombia is a multiethnic and culturally diverse country. Since then, a number of organizations have emerged to promote and reinforce the right to difference of the Afro-Colombian ethnic community, as well as to claim and defend their rights. This thesis project presents how La Red Nacional de Mujeres Afrocolombianas, Kambirí, a national network of Afro-Colombian women, has used community radio as a tool for imparting Human Rights Education to women through the promotion of their cultural identity. To accomplish this goal, I analyzed the radio programs created by Kambirí that were broadcasted in the year 2010 in the city of Buenaventura, Colombia. This research paper answers the following questions: (a) how is radio used as a tool for Human Rights Education in promoting Afro-Colombian women’s identity and rights? and (b) how are local cultural elements used as a medium to communicate universal concepts of human rights?