Uganda: Turning the page of hate

Workshop dates:  23-24 May 2014

Venue: Uganda

To foster progress towards gender equality the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) and Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) with support from the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) are organizing a workshop for journalists to create awareness for fair, balanced and inclusive news coverage.

The workshop is part of an Africa-wide campaign for tolerance in Media “Turning the Page of Hate”.  The campaign is an initiative of African journalists and media which aims to strengthen the craft of journalism and to promote more tolerant public discourse. 

The workshop scheduled for 23 to 24 May, 2014, will explore obstacles that hinder journalists from fulfilling the actions outlined in thematic area 'J' on Women and the Media, of the 1995 Bejing Platform for Action for the Advancement of Women.

According to the EJN, "Gender equality in the media is not an idle theoretical question, but touches on people’s real lives, both men and women, and it has many dimensions; access, representation, participation, visibility, space and language". 

IAWRT is an international network of women working in television, film, radio and web-based journalism. The EJN promotes ethics, good governance and independent regulation of media content.

Read more about the workshop here.


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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers


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