Women With the Waves High-Level Forum in Ha Noi
24 October, Ha Noi – Participants from approximately 40 broadcasting organisations in Asia-Pacific, the Asia Broadcasting Union (ABU), Frederic Ebert-Stiftung, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UNESCO attended the Women With the Wave Forum, a two-day high-level forum bringing together media practitioners from around the region to highlight the right to ICTs, education, employment and communication among girls, women and people with disabilities.
The forum provided a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue to discuss and showcase best practices of gender-responsive and disability inclusive workplace policies in Asia-Pacific broadcasting, media and ICT organizations and to further develop the ABU initiative on Broadcasting for All and the ITU Programme on Digital Inclusion for People with Special Needs.
In her welcome speech to participants, the Resident Coordinator of the One United Nations in Viet Nam, Ms. Pratibha Mehta, stressed how “being locked out of ICTs means not only being locked out of the information society, but also from accessing essential public services, such as education, social protection and healthcare”.
During the second day of the forum, the UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, Dr. Katherine Muller-Marin, highlighted UNESCO’s work in the area, such as in developing Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media, its global priority on gender equality, the launching of a Global Alliance on Media and Gender in December 2013. In Viet Nam, UNESCO partnered with 12 other UN agencies and the Government of Viet Nam to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, with UNESCO supporting translation and contextualization to Viet Nam of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development and Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung international guideline for gender-sensitive broadcasting, Broadcasting for All: Focus on Gender. Within this programme, UNESCO also collaborated with the Ministry of Information and Communications to build gender mainstreaming capacities of written and televised media institutions at central and provincial levels.
One of the most important factors in improving the portrayal of women in media and ICTs is to have women fully and productively engaged within media and ICT organizations as journalists, programme producers, technicians and engineers, managers and other staff. Women should be encouraged to fully participate in all areas of a media and ICT workplace to provide expertise, diversity, new perspectives and role models.
The forum approved a plan-of-action, the Ha Noi Statement of Commitment, to take forward the Women With the Waves process for women, girls and people with disabilities.
For more information, please contact:
Hoang Minh Nguyet, UNESCO Viet Nam Communication and Information Programme Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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