IPDC project priority: Human Resource Development

Media plays a very important role in our daily life. Media helps form our social values. Partnering with private sector organizations including the media, UN Women has been promoting the use of media, especially social media, as a powerful tool to advocate for elimination of violence against women and promote gender equality. The media – the twelfth critical area of concern in the Beijing Platform for Action – is one of the most important yet challenging areas of work for advancing gender equality particularly in the media. As legislated discrimination against women falls away in most...

Ownership of media across the Caribbean region is mixed between private and state operators skewed towards the former. There is a multiplicity of media outlets and formats: daily/weekly newspapers, radio and television stations; internet/blogs; and national and community-based media.
 
Most of the media markets in CARICOM have state regulators for the electronic media sector as well as libel/defamation laws on their books. In recent times, national, regional and international media trade/professional associations have been advocating the relaxation of the libel laws across the...

With the recurring conflicts in the sub-region, and the politico-military upheavals in CAR in particular, forms of violence against women have increased in number and gravity. And yet most women experience scenes of violence within their own homes. Such violence makes women and young girls vulnerable and suppresses any desire or capacity to seek emancipation and financial independence. This project proposes to raise public awareness of violence against women by reinforcing the investigation methods of female journalists.

The project proposes to encourage and assist Argentine newsrooms in making use of ethical considerations in everyday editorial decisions, strengthening self-regulation of the media. In 2006 the Forum for Argentine Journalism (FOPEA), a nationwide grouping of independent journalists, adopted the country’s first comprehensive ethics code. Nevertheless, a 2011 survey of 943 journalists by FOPEA found that more than 75% of news outlets did not have a code of ethics and 91% of the journalists knew of ethically questionable practices in their newsroom. Since 2006, FOPEA has also observed that...

The comprehensive and all-inclusive agreement signed in Pretoria, South Africa in 2002 within the framework of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue brought an end to the long period of conflict which had been ongoing in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996. It marked the beginning of a process of political transition and the pacification of the country, both of which are issues on with the Congolese media are not neutral. While it is true that the country now enjoys media pluralism, instances of abuse are frequent due to the lack of neutrality and objectivity in the media. Hence the need to...

Mexico is one of the most challenging countries for journalists in Latin America. In 2012, ARTICLE 19, Office for Mexico and Central America documented 207 aggressions against journalists, press workers and media organisations. This number represents 20.34% on top of what was registered the previous year.
 
The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of impunity underlines the importance of the Judiciary on the protection and promotion of press freedom as well as on the fight against impunity.
 
Improving the understanding of the UN and Inter-...

The Middle East is home to one of the fastest growing Internet populations in the world, and Jordan stands out in particular, with roughly 56% of its six million population now online, compared to only 11% in 2000. Moreover, a rising mobile penetration rate over 100% (with smartphone users representing over 50% of the market), an environment of substantial digital access amongst the Jordanian population emerges. With this accessibility in mind, the Internet has become a prominent space for average citizens (predominantly youth) to access news, engage in discussions, blog, publish content...

In the face of heightening local and international concerns about the Liberia media being in harms way, this project is intended to research the safety issues impacting media practice using the UNESCO indicators. Among other things, four regional cluster sampling will be used as one strategy of gathering data to be analyzed and published. Cluster 1 will include River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe and Maryland who will be hosted in Grand Gedeh. Cluster 2 will include Nimba, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Lofa to be hosted in Gbarnga, Bong County. Cluster 3 will include Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bomi who...

Traditional media as well as citizen journalism have played an important role in setting the stage for change in the country. In the upcoming period and in the context of transition toward democracy, Egyptian media has a higher responsibility to raise awareness on political, social and cultural issues in Egyptian society such as the recognition of an individual’s right to freedom of expression. The wide notion of journalism has been reconsidered in Egypt and in the Arab world, with the massive use of non-professional footage by traditional channels such as Al Jazeera and the fast...

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