UNESCO Amman office supports Arab Women Media Centre in their 10th Regional Arab Women Media Conference in Petra
As part of its Main Line of Action in “Promoting Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and Press Freedom in Jordan”, UNESCO Office in Amman supported Arab Women Media Center (AWMC) in holding its 10th Regional Arab Women Media Conference in the Red-Rose city of Petra.
Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal, the conference kicked off on May 30 and lasted until June 1, 2013, under the title “Arab Media in Light of the Democratic Transition”. The main themes addressed were 1) The positive and negative image of Arab media as experienced by countries of the Arab Spring, 2) Democratization and institution-oriented media and its impact on social and economic conditions, 3) Modern media and its political influence in the construction of self and identity, 4) Arab intellectuals between the concept of democracy and Shura Council and 5) Photography and caricature, and their influence on democratic transition.
Prior to the opening ceremony, Her Royal Highness toured the media and culture exhibition at Tibet Zaman, where UNESCO had a booth, and thanked UNESCO for their role is supporting media in Jordan, promoting press freedom and enabling female journalists and local NGOs in the country.
Forty journalists from Egypt, Tunisia, the UAE, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Qatar and Sudan took part in the conference, in addition to 10 Jordanian media figures.
As part of the conference, Arab Woman Media Center (AWMC) issued the “Arab female Journalist Manual” which serves as a reference to the 60 Arab and Regional journalists that participated in the 3-day event. In addition to the brief about each participant’s work and contributions to media in their countries, the manual also included 4 pages on UNESCO’s work in the Communication and Information Sector, especially in Jordan. It also provided general guidelines for Arab journalists in this sensitive period in the region.
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