Gender-based violence (GBV), human rights violations and violence against young girls saw a massive spike during the Covid-19 lockdown. So much so that it’s been labelled the “shadow pandemic”. How the media covered violence against women and girls during the lockdown was the focus of a discussion at the “Putting Gender on the Media Agenda” webinar hosted by fraycollege and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) on Tuesday, 01 March 2022.
Systemic issues, gender bias, known stereotypes and queerness were just some of the topics discussed by a panel of experts during the “Putting Gender on the Media Agenda” webinar hosted by fraycollege and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) on Tuesday, 01 March 2022. The webinar was a culmination of the Gender Justice Training Programme – a six-month programme presented jointly for South African and Ugandan journalists – supported by the IWMF.
A change in government policies, affirmative action and gender mainstreaming are directly linked to putting gender on the media agenda across the continent, says Lecturer of Journalism and Media Studies at Uganda Christian University, Dr Emily Maractho.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts for all economic sectors, but as front-line workers, it has had acute impacts on journalists. Journalists’ financial, physical and electronic safety and security has been challenged, leading to poorer news content and impacting their capacity to fulfill their role as they should in reporting in an emergency of this nature.
This year, during the virtual Future of Journalism Education in Southern Africa conference, the Namibian Media Trust (NMT) is delighted to launch the ‘Teaching Media Policy in Africa: A handbook for media educators’ to help them address this gap.
The launch will take place on 16 November, 2021 at 09h00 CAT.
fraycollege is opening applications for the inaugural Occupational Certificate: Journalist accredited by the QTCO which starts in January 2022. The year-long-course, offers school leavers a practical certificate for a multiplatform communications environment with facilitation by experienced journalists and communicators.