25.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Linking Media and Civil Society in Skopje

©UNESCO/O. Jovanovska - Martha Burk, political psychologist and women's issues expert

On June 22nd, 23rd and 25th, journalists and civil society organizations (CSOs) came together to explore the potential opportunities for cooperation in advocating for constructive interethnic dialogue. The aim of the activities was also to raise awareness among media and CSOs about their shared responsibilities and roles in society. Participants took advantage of the opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other, to build networks and to create a platform for future communication and collaboration.

A workshop entitled Media and Civil Society was held on June 22nd and 23rd, at the EU Info Centre, Skopje, in which representatives from both media and CSOs worked in groups and created communication tools. This workshop will be followed by a round table discussion entitled, The Role of Media and Civil Society in the Creating of a Democratic Society, to be held today, Monday, June 25th, also at EU Info Centre, Skopje.

Both activities were organized in cooperation with the Centre for Common Ground and the national association of journalists and were led by a high-profile international expert, Ms. Martha Burk, PhD., political psychologist, women's issues expert, magazine editor, syndicated newspaper columnist, national radio program host, blogger and bestseller author, who is also a co-founder of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy in New Mexico, USA.

This activity is implemented with technical support from UNESCO within the United Nations Joint Programme to Enhance Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, implemented by UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO with financial support from the Government of Spain under the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F).

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