Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media to be tested in Albania
Within the framework of the Government of Albania – United Nations Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016 and with the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Tirana, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), is convening a journalists’ training on “Gender and Media” from 7 to 8 December 2012 in Tirana. Albanian journalists will be invited to apply the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) so to become better informed when dealing with gender issues in the media sphere. These indicators are designed to assist people working in the media to assess progress on gender equality, identify challenges, and contribute to local, regional and global debates leading to the formulation of concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.
UNESCO has been committed to women’s empowerment and gender equality for many decades and believes that all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender are violations of human rights, which create significant barriers to peace, sustainable development and the achievement of all internationally recognized development goals.
UNESCO, in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and other major media stakeholders, has developed the GSIM tool, a set of indicators to assess gender equality and women’s empowerment in the media. It also seeks to address the equality and gender dimensions of social diversity in the media. While inequalities and gender stereotypes exist in social structures and in the minds of people, media have the potential to propagate and perpetuate or to ameliorate these.
Welcoming addresses on Day 1 will be delivered by Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Albania; Lisa Fredriksson, Counsellor, Head of development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Tirana; and, Venera Domi, Secretary-General of the Albanian National Commission for UNESCO. A presentation entitled “Current Overview of the Albanian Media” by Remzi Lani, Executive Director of the Albanian Media Institute, will follow. The Gender Sensitive Indicators for Media will be presented by Krishanthi Rondon-Fuentes, Chief of the Executive Office, UNESCO Communication and Information Sector.
Day 2 will foresee presentations by Albanian experts such as Prof Linda Meniku, Faculty of History and Philology, Journalism, University of Tirana; Prof. Aurela Anastasi, Faculty of Law, University of Tirana, Prof. Arta Mandro, School of Magistrates; and, Prof. Mariana Sinani, Institute of Education Development.
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