New Issue of Media and Gender Monitor
Networking for Peace
After two decades of war, Sri Lanka is moving towards a political solution to the ethnic conflict that has caused deep scars and trauma among its people. The women, who have long suffered from the consequences of war, are now moving to help re-establish communication between communities and start the process of reconciliation.
Country Reports on Women and Media
Reports on the gender and media situation from the five countries of Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, Pakistan and Nepal given by members of the steering committee of the Asian Network for Women in Communication at their recent consultation meeting in Bangkok.
Meet the New President of WACC
A Kenyan national, Dr Kanyoro has attained international standing in the areas of development, feminist thought and ecumenism. She was the first women consultant with the United Bible Societies in Kenya. Prior to her current appointment as General Secretary of the World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Dr Kanyoro was Executive Secretary for Women in Church and Society at the Lutheran World Federation for nearly 10 years.
Gender and the Digital Divide
With information and communication technologies (ICTs) evolving at breakneck speed as the industrial society that marked the 20th century rapidly gives way to the information society of the 21st century, the bridging of the 'digital divide' is now high on the global development agenda. One of the key elements of the concern over the digital divide is the recognition that women within developing countries are in the deepest part of this divide, further removed from the information age
than the men whose poverty they share.
Indian Women in Journalism
Recognising the severe lack of information on the rapidly growing number of Indian women working as journalists in different media and languages across the country, VOICES, in association with the Network to Empower Women in Journalism, Bangalore, has recently conducted a country-wide survey on the profile and experiences of women journalists in India.
The Know How Conference: A Safari into the Cross-Cultural World of Women's Knowledge Exchange
'We believe that by bringing all the parties to one venue, remarkable relationships between research, activism and information flow will be utilized, a lasting partnership established, and a design of learning and sharing will act as our strong future bridge.'From 21st - 27th July of this year, the 'Know How' conference organised by ISIS-WICCE (Women's International Cross-Cultural Exchange) and assisted by the International Information Centre and Archives for the Women's Movement (IIAV) in Amsterdam and Isis International-Manila was held in Kampala, Uganda. The Conference, aimed to bridge the gap and radically affect the relationships between research, activism, information and communications.
Creating Spaces for Women Communicators
Every year on 8th March, women around the world gather together to celebrate their achievements and to look ahead to the challenges still facing the women's movement. International Women's Day was marked in Guatemala this year by the creation of the Network of Women on Air at a meeting of women communicators who work in community media in the interior of Guatemala.
Media at the Crossroads
Supinya Klangnarong, who has spent the last six years campaigning for the reform and democratisation of the state-managed media in Thailand, discusses her WACC sponsored MA in Communication Policy thesis which analyses the opportunities and challenges of the new broadcasting reform in Thailand.
Music plays an integral part in Arab cultural identity and in recent years, songs and music videos in Arabic have developed into a large part of the Egyptian entertainment industry. Recognising these cultural trends, many non-governmental organisations in Egypt have begun to use songs, TV spots and drama as part of their efforts to promote educational messages. Like many of these NGOs, TCI sees popular media as one of the most powerful means to address development and educational issues in the region, but it is their particular slant on this approach that distinguishes them from the rest.
Gender and Media News
A Call for Healing not Hatred, Reconciliation not Revenge. First Women's Radio Station Launched in Africa. Ban on vagina Monologues in Kuala Lumpur UNESCO Launches Network for Women in Media in Afghanistan. Network of Networks Established in Cuba.