08.02.2010 -

Workshop on gender in media training to take place in Windhoek this week

UNESCO's Office in Windhoek in cooperation with Gender Links, a regional NGO based in Johannesburg, will be hosting a follow-up workshop to the Gender in Media Education Audit that assessed the situation in two institutions, the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Namibia.

The half-day event will take place at the Protea Hotel Furstenhof, in Windhoek (Namibia) on 12 February 2010 and will gather together media educators, media professionals, as well as representatives of intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. The purpose of the workshop is to develop a toolkit on Gender in Media Training and a university module on Gender-Based Violence. UNESCO expects, therefore, to increase awareness about the need to protect the rights of women and girls through improved training curricula for future journalists.


This week workshop is the second one organized as the follow-up to the Gender in Media Education Audit. The first one, which took place last November in Windhoek, analysed the findings of the Audit and tried to elaborate a strategy for ensuring sustained gender mainstreaming in media education.


This activity is part of the overall UNESCO action towards the promotion of community participation in sustainable development through community media. It is also in line with the United Nations Joint Gender and Development Programme entitled 'Setting things right - towards equality and equity', which has been designed to improve the welfare of vulnerable groups in Namibia.

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