What has gender got to do with media freedom?

Date: June 1, 2011
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Gender and media freedom was a hot topic at the GMDC Advisory Group meeting held in Johannesburg from 19 to 20 May 2011. Rosemary Okello, a GMDC International Advisory Group member, reported on the proceedings of the 5-6 May 2011 celebrations of Windhoek +20 in Windhoek, Namibia. Okello noted that a task team set up to revise the Windhoek Declaration, highlighted the fact that gender is not mainstreamed in the document.

It suggested that Gender Links lead in ensuring that specific provisions on gender be added to the Declaration or as an Addendum. The advisory group also agreed to work on an Addendum that will see gender mainstreamed in media freedom discourse. An Addendum will give gender and media freedom greater visibility. GL has started the ball rolling by proposing the additions in the attached document and invites further comments. The comments gathered from the social networking campaign will feed into the Addendum. The Addendum will be submitted at the Pan-African Conference on Access to Information, part of the Africa Information and Media Summit in Cape Town in September 2011.

GL will also host seminars in Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe to get comprehensive input for the Addendum. Should you want to host a seminar to discuss these issues, contact Saeanna Chingamuka on gmdcmanager@genderlinks.org.za or call 011 622 2877.

You can also download the Media provisions in the protocol and click here for the Windhoek document.

Download : Windhoek Declaration - GL inputs
Download : Windhoek Declaration
Download : Media provisions in the SADC gender protocol

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