Publications by year: 2014

Accéder à l'information c'est notre droit

Produced with the specific Moroccan context in mind, the guide Access to information is our right provides general information about freedom of information as a universal right, as well as more practical details on the means to access public information in Morocco. In addition, the publication includes recommendations addressed to different stakeholders, seeking to ensure that freedom of information is effectively guaranteed in practice implementation in Morocco, as well as some good practices or success stories in promoting it.

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Assessment of media development in Palestine

This report aims to inform and support the development of Palestine’s media sector through the conduct of a comprehensive assessment of the media environment, based on international legal standards and good practice.

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Building inclusive knowledge societies: a review of UNESCO's action in implementing the WSIS outcomes

This report summarizes UNESCO’s work to implement the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes and build Knowledge Societies during the ten years that have followed the Summit. It describes the work implemented by UNESCO in partnership with Member States and other organizations. It also identifies UNESCO’s key achievements, draws conclusions from its experience, and makes recommendations for the future, including the role of ICTs in the new development agenda, which will follow the 2015 review of international development goals by the United Nations General Assembly.

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Elections reporting in the Arab Region: booklet resulted from the Exchange of Experiences Seminar

Electoral processes are not like any other current issue in national or world politics. The relevance of elections is understood by the impact of the results in the future of the country where they are held. This fact positions media professionals as key actors in any electoral process. Journalists are essential to inform the citizens about the process, including the political programs of the candidates and the electoral law; to report on the proper functioning of the elections; and to voice the different communities and voting tendencies in any given context.

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Fostering freedom online: the role of Internet intermediaries

With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role between authors of content and audiences on the internet, this UNESCO publication provides in-depth case studies and analysis on how internet intermediaries impact on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy. It also offers policy recommendations on how intermediaries and states can improve respect for internet users’ right to freedom of expression.

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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

This comic strip is an interpretation of certain periods of the life of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900–1978), who was born in Abeokuta, in present-day Ogun State, Nigeria. She was one of the first women to attend Abeokuta Grammar School in 1914, where she would go on to teach. She became associated with some of the most important anti-colonial educational movements in Nigeria and West Africa, and fought tirelessly to further women’s access to education and political representation.

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Gisele Rabesahala

This comic strip is a story inspired by the figure of Gisèle Rabesahala, a Malagasy woman politician of the twentieth century, who devoted her life to her country’s independence, human rights and the freedom of peoples. The illustrations are based on historical and iconographic research, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga and twentieth century Madagascar. This publication is part of the Women in African History Series.

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Institutional repository software comparison

The Guidelines to compare Institutional Repository Software have been published as part of UNESCO’s Open Access Strategy. The publication compares the features of the major platforms and is intended to help libraries focus on which features will help facilitate the success of their repository.

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Media and gender: a scholarly agenda for the Global Alliance on Media and Gender

There is a necessity to show some of the most significant scholarly contributions to knowledge and action towards expanding women’s participation in all communication platforms. The publication proposes a pragmatic research agenda for the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), looking back, building on the past and looking to the future.

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Model Policy for Inclusive ICTs in Education of Persons with Disabilities

This model policy is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) joint efforts to facilitate the implementation of the UNCRPD. The main objective was to develop a model policy document to be used as a template to assist UNESCO Member States in promoting the effective use of inclusive ICTs in education for learners with disabilities, although it must be emphasised that the policy objectives and actions outlined in this document are equally applicable to any learners who are vulnerable to exclusion from any sector of education.

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Njinga Mbandi

This comic strip is an interpretation of certain periods in the life of Njinga Mbandi (1581–1663), Queen of Ndongo and Matamba, who defined much of the history of seventeenth century Angola. The Europeans’ mercantilist designs drastically changed the political, social, economic and cultural environment of the Kingdom of Ndongo and the entire region. It was against that backdrop that Njinga Mbandi made her mark as an outstanding example of female governance.

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SciELO: 15 Years of Open Access: an analytic study of Open Access and scholarly communication

Open Access has been recognized as an implicit agenda to deal with the knowledge challenge in the future. The unique stakeholder composition of UNESCO gives it a privileged position to act as a go-between the existing knowledge-divide between countries, and to identify good practices in this area. With over 1.0 million hits per day, the SciELO Network has been a beacon to spread scientific knowledge contained in journals and books. This publication on SciELO has been prepared with the aim to document a best practice of Open Access Publication. It is the first case study of this kind, which appreciates the positive contribution of SciELO and, hopefully, will provide others with an excellent example to follow.

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The Mulatto Solitude

Born around 1780, the mulatto Solitude was a historical figure of the 1802 uprisings against the reinstatement of Lacrosse, who had been appointed Captain-General of Guadeloupe by Napoleon Bonaparte and expelled in October 1801 following a coup by the army’s officers of colour. A female figure of insurgents in Guadeloupe in 1802, the mulatto Solitude symbolizes the  Caribbean women and mothers who fought to protect the ideals of equality and freedom in the context of slavery.

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The Women Soldiers of Dahomey

This comic strip tells the story of elite troops of women soldiers, which were probably established in the early eighteenth century and contributed to the military power of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These fearsome women soldiers surpassed their male counterparts in courage and effectiveness in combat, and distinguished themselves on many occasions in the history of the Kingdom of Dahomey.

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Vers un droit d'accès à l'information publique

This study on a right to access public information provides an important update on recent developments in the area of freedom of information (FOI) laws and good practices in their implementation worldwide. Through a brief history of the recent international and national contexts, thie publication promotes international standards on FOI legislation and showcases experiences that contributed to materialize the benefits of this right around the world.

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Wangari Maathai

This comic strip is an interpretation of certain periods of the life of Wangari Maathai (1940–2011), the first woman to obtain a PhD in East and Central Africa, a scholar, and an environmental and human rights activist. In 1977, she founded the Green Belt Movement, a non-governmental organization, which encourages women to plant trees to combat deforestation and environmental degradation. To date, the Green Belt Movement has planted over 50 million trees.

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World trends in freedom of expression and media development

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development offers a new look at recent evolutions in media freedom, independence, pluralism and journalist safety. These areas are explored at the international level and with respect to gender and global media.

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Yennega

Yennega, an emblematic figure in Burkina Faso, is the mother of Ouedraogo, the first Moaga chieftain and founder of the dynasties of the Moose chieftains. She is thought to have lived between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Yennega was the daughter of the King of Gambaga, an area in the northern part of the present-day Republic of Ghana. She has become a legendary figure and a national emblem in the country, as well as a personification of the female warrior and the independent woman.

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