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08 December 2017
|What | When & where | How | Programme |
Background | Contact for support |
Join the community
As part of its long standing campaign, Making Information Technology (IT) Work for Gender Justice. Gender Links (GL) will be launching its Community of Practice (CoP) a virtual platform for connecting, collecting and collaborating on gender equality. The launch will take place in centres in Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, DRC, Angola, Seychelles, Ethiopia and Zambia. Participants can also join the Zoom Webinar virtually from anywhere in the world from 12.00 to 14.00 South African time.
When & Where
Date: 08 December 2017
Time (SA time): 11.00 – 12.00 – meet and greet, login at the centres below
12.00-13.00 – Virtual webinar (see how section)
13.00 – 14.00 – Forum discussions and refreshment
Country events calendar for Gender Links Community of Practice launch on 08 December 2017
|South Africa/GL HQ||SALGA, GFPS IN 15 GFPs, Ekurhuleni, Entrepreneurs, Board members||SAWID, CGE||University of Limpopo||GL Cottages – Pools View||11.00 – 14.00|
|Botswana||GFPs, BALA, Entrepreneurs, Board members.||BOCONGO||University of Botswana||TBC||11.00 – 14.00|
|Lesotho||GFPs, Ministry of Gender, Entrepreneurs, Board member.||WILSA||None||Victoria Hotel||11.00 – 14.00|
|Madagascar||GFPs, Ministry of Population, Entrepreneurs.||FPFE||University of Antananarivo||Hotel Le Pave Antananarivo||12.00 – 15.00|
|Mauritius||GFPs, Save Haven Residents, Entrepreneurs, Board member.||Media Watch Organisation||University of Mauritius||Safe Haven Shelter||12.00 – 15.00|
|Mozambique||GFPs, Ministry of Gender, Entrepreneurs, Board member.||Forum Mulher||University of Eduardo Mondlane||TBC||11.00-14.00|
|Zimbabwe (Harare)||GFPs, Ministries (Rural and Urban), Entrepreneurs, Board member.||ZWRCN, WIPSU, WCOZ||Gender and Media Connect||Cresta Lodge, Msasa||11.00-14.00|
|Zimbabwe (Bulawayo)||National University of Science and Technology||TBC||11.00 – 14.00|
|GL project sites|
|Zambia||LGAZ, Entrepreneurs, GFPs,||WLSA, LGAZ, Media Houses||Zambia Institute of Mass Communication||TBC||11.00 – 14.00|
|Namibia||GFPs, Ministry of Gender, Entrepreneurs, Board Chair, ALAN, NALAO, AMICAALL||Namibia University of Science and Technology – Media dept||11.00 – 14.00|
|Swaziland||GFPs, SWALGA, Entrepreneurs||CANGO||None||Esibayeni Lodge, Matsapha||11.00 – 14.00|
|GL partner organised events|
|Angola||PMA||10.00 – 13.00|
|DRC||UCOFEM||IFASIC||10.00 – 13.00|
|Malawi||None||NGO GCN||University of Malawi
Malawi Institute of Journalism
|University of Malawi, The Polytechnic
|11.00 – 14.00|
|Seychelles||GEM Plus||None||CEPS Conference room Orion Mall, Victoria||12.00 – 16.00|
|Tanzania||University of Dar es Salaam||Tanzania Media Women’s Association(TAMWA) Dar es Salaam||12.00 – 15.00|
|Kenya||Diakonia/Planned Parenthood||African Women and Child Feature (AWCFS)||TBC||12.00 – 15.00|
|Ethiopia||AU||AU Head quarters||12.00 – 15.00|
To join the ZOOM Webinar
Please sign up as guided in instructions here:
- Download Zoom here as guided by these detailed instructions here OR watch this video on downloading zoom.
- On the 08th December, please join the ZOOM meeting by clicking on this LINK.
To login as a member of the forum
To login and create a profile follow the instructions here.
|SESSION 1: OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF GL COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE|
|EVENT MODERATOR: MARIATU FONNAH, Gender Links Governance Manager|
|11.00 – 12.00||Welcome, introductions, purpose of event and login||Mariatu Fonnah – Governance Manager, Gender Links; country staff to facilitate in-country||Zoom sign-up|
|Message from our partners||Hivos|
|12.00 – 13.00||Introduction to the GL Community of Practice (CoP) Shared resources on the landing page including surveys.||Fanuel Hadzizi GL Regional M&E Coordinator
GL website and PowerPoint
|Local government – landing page, country (Zimbabwe page)||Tapiwa Zvaraya – Zimbabwe Programme Officer|
|Media – landing page, VRC
|Tarisai Nyamweda – Media Coordinator|
|Alliance- landing page, Barometer data and SADC Protocol@Work Forums,||Lucia Makamure – Alliance Advocacy and Networking Coordinator|
|13.00 – 13.30||Posting message on forums – Discussion topic: Empower women, end violence; close.||GL Country||GL CoP Website|
|13.30 – 14.00||Refreshments and networking||All|
|Definition of Community of Practice
A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a craft and/or a profession. A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members’ common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally. CoPs can exist and be accessed across a variety of channels ranging from physical settings to virtually online via mobile devices. Communities of practice are not new phenomena: this type of learning practice has existed for as long as people have been learning and sharing their experiences
The GL CoP aims to:
- Engage members and enable them support each other via the digital community and use that as a platform to share ideas, stories, upcoming activities, events, programmes, content, training toolkits and resources, research materials and lessons learned; to reach out to and engage with the community members.
- Share and demonstrate navigation and useful resources on the GL CoP, mobilise sign-up and trouble shoot challenges stakeholders may face while navigating the CoP;
- Underscore the importance of innovation, learning and sharing of knowledge, resources and information among all people especially young people for transformed societies in Making IT Work for Gender Justice.
The Alliance community brings together a network of fifteen Southern African countries and all the existing global and continental commitments on gender equality. Aligned to the SADC Protocol, Beijing Plus Twenty, Africa Agenda 2063, and Sustainable Development Goals, the community presents an opportunity for gender activists to share best practices on gender, advocacy strategies, key events, tool kits, and track governments’ commitment on gender equality.
The Media community is a learning platform that allows and empowers participants to actively explore and implement real life solutions to the issues of gender. It allows professional learning, and acts as a study buddy through collecting, connecting, collaborating of information on gender and media diversity. It validates and builds knowledge on existing experiences.
It seeks to “connect, collect and coordinate” debate and dialogue, knowledge generation and sharing and capacity building on key gender, diversity and media issues in SADC. This will contribute to the attainment of SDG 5 – gender equality.
The GL CoP builds on best practices on gender in the media from the GL and Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) fifth Gender and Media Summit 2016. It houses a wealth of knowledge resulting from the GMPS that included monitoring 27,000 news items; gender and diversity research conducted by students; online resources on gender and media diversity; an analysis of news items collected in the GMPS 2015 including artefacts as well as the GEM Summit entries.
The COP is also an opportunity to enhance freedom of expression for both students and lecturers through dialogues and debates. It will also provide opportunities for journalism and media trainers to facilitate knowledge sharing and exchange as they show case progress in mainstreaming gender in their institutions. This project is in line with IPDC’s Special Initiative on Knowledge-Driven Media Development, which highlights the importance of generating and sharing of knowledge to advance media development, and has special relevance to an inclusive approach to strengthening journalism education worldwide.
The Local Government community targets local government practitioners and academia. This platform invokes us to share best practices, resources and critical thinking on gender and service delivery across the SADC region to bring us ‘the local government we want’.
Local authorities in the SADC region, are encouraged to connect to the online platform and physically towards concerted efforts to make IT work for gender justice at the local and community levels. Within the LGCOP, councils now have the capability to own, run, manage, and update content on their own pages which can highlight ongoing and upcoming programmes and activities. Councils will be able to support each other via the digital community, share ideas, stories, and lessons learned, access professional development resources, and view or communicate key local/country/regional information and events quickly for support.
This community of practice (CoP) concept GL is introducing to all the target groups across the three intertwined platforms is a strategy to formalise the already strong community, local, national, regional and global networks that exist in different ways, at different levels with Gl partners. For instance at the local and community levels, through the district level, national and regional summits, target groups have developed strong relationships and maintained sporadic communication, knowledge sharing and learning using various online media platforms such as e-mail and WhatsApp Groups.
Contact for support
For technical support in joining the webinar, contact Thandokuhle Dlamini on e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org or on phone +27 72 3121155.