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UNESCO supports Namibian participation in conference on gender in media education

25-03-2010 (Windhoek)
UNESCO supports Namibian participation in conference on gender in media education
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Representatives from the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Namibia will participate in the two-day regional conference on Gender in Media Education in Johannesburg (South Africa) next week.
UNESCO supports this participation as its contribution to gender perspectives promoted through journalism education, and in line with the UN Joint Gender and Development Programme entitled “Setting things right towards gender equality and equity”.

Gender Links, a regional NGO based in Johannesburg, will be hosting the conference from 29 to 30 March, which will coincide with the annual Gender and Media Diversity Centre Advisory Group Meeting. The conference will bring together experts in gender and education, academics, trainers and researchers. It will offer to them a networking platform and an opportunity for mutual learning and growth. Discussions will focus on the findings of the Gender in Media Education Audit, and particularly on how far media and journalism training institutions have mainstreamed gender into their curricula.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development, signed and adopted by SADC Heads of States in August 2008, calls “to ensure that gender is mainstreamed in all information, communication and media policies, programmes, laws and training”. The regional conference in Johannesburg is an important step to take this recommendation further and to apply it to the media industry.

The participants will share best practices and formulate strategic approaches to mainstreaming gender in South African curricula. They are also expected to put together a community of practice on gender and media education to be used in their respective institutions.
Related themes/countries

      · Africa
      · Namibia
      · Gender and ICT
      · South Africa
      · Training of Media Professionals
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