The Media Community of Practice 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 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.

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