Women Make the News 2004

To mark the International Women’s Day 8 March, and to give prominence to the high professionalism of women journalists, UNESCO’s Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura calls on the media worldwide to hand over editorial responsibility to women to cast the news for a day. Through this initiative UNESCO seeks to give more visibility to women journalists, to their editorial work, as well as to women as voices in the media.

Mr. Matsuura recalls that “there can be no sustainable development if the intellectual capacities, creative potential, practical resourcefulness and leadership abilities of more than half of the world’s population are ignored or suppressed.” UNESCO’s appeal to the world media is a testing ground of the progress made in the execution of the Beijing Platform for Action.

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