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Expansion of community media network in Uganda to promote increased participation of women in leadership and practice in Uganda

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US$18 000.00

Nearly 9 in 10 female Ugandans live in rural areas and rely on community media for information. However, only about one in 10 of the country’s community media reporters, producers and anchors are women. In order to address this gender imbalance, this project will raise awareness about gender issues and encourage women to actively participate in their communities, particularly as media professionals and leaders. The activities shall be implemented by the Community Media Network of Uganda (COMNETU). A series of 3-day workshops will be held on human rights and gender, community media and freedom of expression. In addition, a network will be created for interested professionals to stay in touch.

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Community Media Network Uganda
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COMNETU was relaunched in 2013 to promote community media’s role in Uganda. It serves the developmental needs of communities in Uganda by providing access to relevant information, education and entertainment to impart positive social change. The community radios that form part of this network are: Nakaseke CR, Buwama CR, Mama FM, Radio Apac CR, Kagadi Broadcasting Services FM, Ngora CR, Shine Oyam CR, Nabweru Tiger FM, Uganda Development Services CR, WOUGNET Information Centre, Speak FM Gulu CR, Radio Wa Lira, Kamwenge FM CR, Bunyoro Broadcasting Services, Nenah FM Karamoja, Radio Palwak, Transnile Broadcasting Services, Voice of Africa, Delta Veritas FM, Kyenjojo Development Radio.

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Jimmy Okello, Coordinator COMNETU, Tel: +256772660686

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Kagadi, Uganda

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A two-day training workshop for 40 community journalists (25 men and 15 women) took place on 21–22 August 2014 at the Uganda Rural Development and Training Center, Kagadi Kibaale Community Radio, Uganda. The sessions covered freedom of expression as well as reporting on human rights and gender. A one-day forum was also held to share best practices and discuss the legal and regulatory environment affecting community media in Uganda. The training was completed and met all its objectives. No challenges were encountered with the contractor during the implementation of the activities on the established contract.