Mainstreaming gender in journalism and media education

Mainstreaming gender in journalism and media education


Date: February 3, 2012
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From 20 to 24 February 2012, Gender Links (GL) will train trainers from academic institutions on the key concepts in gender mainstreaming, work on a plan of action for gender mainstreaming in curriculum for each institution, training on the use of the technology for online discussions.

GL through the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) audited institutions of higher education  in Southern Africa in 2011 to determine if and how gender has been integrated in journalism and media education and training. It was apparent from the general findings of the of the Gender in Media Education research that educators are willing to integrate gender into curriculum but do not always have the capacity to do so. It is clear that there is community of journalism and media educators across the Africa who would appreciate the opportunity to have sustained training, provision of information and an ongoing engagement with other educators.

In view of this GL will be running a year long training programme for journalism educators from six Potential Centres of Excellence and Potential Centres of Reference in Journalism in Africa. The course will include three face to face interventions supported by virtual teaching and learning between sessions. GL has set up a virtual GIME Community of Practice (COP). The COP will be used to facilitate the online training.

This project will contribute to the criteria articulated in category three and four of the media indictaors included in the IPDC guidelines for proposals. Category three states Media as a platform for democratic discourse: The media, within a prevailing climate of self-regulation and respect for the journalistic profession, reflects and represents the diversity of views and interests in society, including those of marginalized groups. One of the key marginalized groups in the media and represented through the media are women.

The Building the capacity of institutions of higher learning in Southern Africa to mainstream gender in journalism and media education and training will contribute towards building a media that integrates gender into all aspects of the media in Africa. The project will contribute to the notion the media is a platform for democratic discourse that reflects a diversity of views and interests in society. It supports the principle that good journalism is about accuracy, balance and fairness. An absence of women and women’s voices in the media comprises these principles, promoting gender is about good journalism.

 


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stella Issa says:

I second 100% what you have put down in this article, indeed the media will expose the marginalized poor women and young girls,thereby this will enable their voice to be heard.

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