Major activities by Partners
The projects or initiatives below represent upcoming or recent actions of UNESCO and our partners, that when connected could give impetus to and underline the urgent need for a global alliance on media and gender.
Nordicom is preparing a Nordic Gender and Media Forum that will consist of seminars about film, journalism, advertisement and computer games through January to April 2014. A conference will also take place on 7 May 2014 in Bergen, Norway.
WACC is preparing for the Fifth Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP 5). The GMMP is the world’s longest running research and advocacy initiative on gender in the news media. Over 100 countries participated in the most recent GMMP (4) in 2010. See more information at www.whomakesthenews.org
WACC in partnership with Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto will organize a summer school in April 2014. WACC’s summer schools are taken as credit courses by journalism/communication students, but are also a professional development opportunity for civil society communicators. The 2014 curriculum includes a course on “gender-focussed media monitoring”.
OTI in partnership with UNESCO is finalising the Spanish version of the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM).
OTI is organising a round table "media and society/gender" during "Vanguardia Iberoamericana”, which includes Latin-American TV representatives. The event takes place in October this year and aims to link the academic community/youth with governments, national and international/multilateral organisations, including debates on economic, social and environmental subjects among others. For more information http://vinculacion.org/
GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE ON GENDER AND MEDIA
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in partnership with UN Women is carrying out a global study to analyze the depiction and representation of female characters in family films. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, has commissioned the study from Associate Professor Stacy Smith of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. It will examine the top-grossing international movies in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is the first such study ever undertaken.
The International News Safety Institute (INSI) has launched a global survey on violence against women journalists in collaboration with UNESCO as part of promotion of the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. It is aimed at looking into the global situation of female journalists and the nature of the dangers they face in connection with their work.
Currently PSAf is implementing a number of projects that are addressing gender and women’s issues through the media as follows:
1. Working with the media to enhance maternal health in Malawi: Amplifying women’s voices to set the agenda for policy and debate on maternal and child health issues.
2. Working with the media and media training institutes to address hate speech in the news media targeting women and girls and sexual minority groups (LGBT) in Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.
3. Improving media reporting on access to reproductive health services and HIV Prevention for women and girls through the media in Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia Malawi and Angola.
4. Working through the media to create space for dialogue on the role of men in addressing gender based violence in Zambia.
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5. Finalizing a manual for training journalists on reporting reproductive health rights for sexual minorities.