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The proposed project with a theme of “Developing leadership skill and Enhancing photojournalism skills” aims to create independent and self-confident senior women journalists as well as to produce a well skilled body of photojournalists who have the required competencies to produce quality media outputs with the required media quality standards in order to inspire development and learning through an increasingly gender sensitive media environment. This project’s primary objective is to build the capacity of 20 senior women journalists in leadership knowledge and skills as well as enhance...

Ravaya is a, journalist-owned newspaper in Sri Lanka that has, for over a quarter century, has withstood the political pressures to which almost all the vernacular press has capitulated to. Ravaya has a proud record of standing – and fighting – for justice, fairness and equality in the finest traditions of journalism with peer scrutiny and responsiveness to the readers. It continues to do so during the post conflict turbulent period where authorities and privately owned newspapers have been arousing triumphalist anti-minority attitudes among the majority Sinhala community. In an atmosphere...

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of media houses development in South Sudan. Online news, television and FM radio stations both public and private are now found in all the 10 states in South Sudan. There are approximately 97 media houses operating in South Sudan, this includes 56 FM radio stations, 11 television stations and over 30 newspapers. However in view of the printed media only one printing press that publishes the Citizen daily newspaper is functioning in the country. Even with the lack of printing presses, some states do not have access to...

Thirty years after the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), many girls and women in the Commonwealth do not have equal opportunities to exercise rights recognised by law. In many countries, women are still not entitled to own property or inherit land. Social exclusion, “honour” killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, rape, restricted mobility and early marriage among others, combine to deny women the right to health and increase illness and death for women throughout their life-course.
 
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The Uganda population census of 2002 found 23.8 million persons of which 11.6 million were male and 12.2 million were female. 88% of the women live in the rural areas that are served by the community media for information. Driven by gender inequalities in development initiatives, the government of Uganda developed a National Gender Policy to mainstream gender concerns in the national development process in order to improve the social, legal/civic, political, economic and cultural conditions of the Ugandan people, especially its women. The policy forms the legal framework and mandate for...

Ninety four journalists have been killed in Pakistan during last decade out of which 38 were shot dead in target killing. In 2012, eleven journalists including one TV channel driver were killed in three provinces, Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of the country as impunity against Pakistani media rises to unacceptable levels. According to the figures compiled by the Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) eight Pakistani journalists have been killed up to June this year. Due to this alarming situation, Pakistan has been identified as one of the focus countries for the UN’s Plan of...

Thirty years after adoption of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), many girls and women in East Africa still do not have equal opportunities to exercise rights recognised by law. Social exclusion, “honour” killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, restricted mobility and early marriage among others, combine to deny women the right to health and increase illness and death for women throughout their life. Evidence indicates that Media can act as both a perpetrator and as a protagonist – it can either be an accomplice to gender based...

Pakistan has emerged as one of the deadliest countries for local journalists in last couple of years. The journalists face various dangers not only during covering assignments, but also the digital security of the journalists is constantly under threat. This loophole in digital security was widespread when the journalist Saleem Shehzad got murdered brutally. Saleem Shehzad was a contributor to an international online publication, and as reported his browsing records and information of sources was leaked through the hacking of his account, which looked suspicious to particular groups;...

The history of media in Lesotho reveals that community reporting was never a priority. Even in current times, some communities, no matter how close they may be to the city or town, have never appeared either on a radio station or newspaper. The voices of the people of Lesotho in the rural and some urban communities alike, are not heard. The media is in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. Rural communities make news only when they are involved in scandals, violence, witchcraft or any other negative story. In most instances, rural communities enjoy media coverage when there is a government...

In order for journalism to serve as a tool that fosters sustainable development, media professionals need to possess the right skills and equipment that allows them to develop communication strategies that serve their community. The capacity building of media professionals must be geared towards developing approaches that promote dialogue for the solution of social problems.
 
Capacity building for media professionals is often not readily available making the lack of communication yet another obstacle for development. It is imperative that media professionals around the globe...

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