Paula Fray, IPS Africa Director and Jan Moolman, APC WNSP, at 'Click Against Violence' meeting
Violence against women is now taking new forms and occurring in online spaces or through the use of ICTs. As more and more women go online using computers and mobile phones, many are silenced through acts of violence, sexism and censorship. In most cases women do not know what to do to protect themselves against such violations. Nor are there adequate measures adopted by telecommunications companies, internet service providers and software developers to protect users’ privacy, security and safety.
In order to explore and highlight issues of gender based violence, ICTs and the role of media, Inter Press Service Africa and APC Women hosted a media discussion on November 17 entitled ‘Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online‘. More »
Women’s rights to expression and information are increasingly under threat. The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and degrading images in online spaces are aimed at women.
As more and more women go online using computers and mobile phones, many are silenced through acts of violence, sexism and censorship. The first object that is destroyed by a violent partners is often the women’s cellphone.
From November 25 to December 10 Take Back The Tech! calls on women and men to take control of technology to protect the right to freedom of expression and information. Join the moment and get creative!
IPS MDG3 programme supports the 2010 campaign through a media partnership with APC. More »
Isabel Green, Director of Nicaraguan Women Institute. Credit:IPS
IPS Latin America, in collaboration with UNDP and Fundación Puntos de Encuentro, organised the national media seminar “Women, Work and Leadership in Nicaragua. Gender equity, a key development goal”.
The seminar, held on 3-4 November in Managua, analysed the implementation of the 3rd Development Goal in the country, with a focus on the issue of gender equality in the employment sector.
The opening session was animated by Isabel Green, director of the Nicaraguan Womens institute; Pablo Mandeville, UNDP representative in Nicaragua and UN coordinator in the country; Silvia Porras of the Dutch Embassy; Irela Solórzano, director of “Puntos de Encuentro”, an IPS NGO partner in the MDG3 programme; and Joaquin Costanzo, Director of IPS Latin America.
Journalists attending the MDG3 seminar in Managua. Credit:IPS
Some 30 journalists from Managua and other cities and several local NGOs attended the seminar and the two-days work which ended with a field visit to the project Quincho Barrilete, realised by the women of Puntos de Encuentro.
The seminar was part of the IPS programme of work ‘Communicating for Change: Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality financed by the Dutch MDG3 Fund.
In the press (Spanish):
Medios deben promover enfoque de género
País más lejos de Objetivos del Milenio
This month, October 2010, is the 10th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325, a landmark document on the protection of women in war zones. In partnership with UNIFEM, IPS has produced a series of stories, interviews and op-eds and published an online and printed TerraViva magazine on 1325.
Resolution 1325 is ambitious, comprehensive and far-reaching. It is the first resolution to formally address the particular atrocities that women endure in wartime, and to acknowledge women’s indispensible role in conflict resolution and post-war peace building.
Yet on the 10th anniversary of 1325, women’s participation in international and local peace-building efforts remains disgracefully low. More »
Women’s groups around the world are looking at next week’s MDG review summit at the United Nations (20-22 September) to hear about the progress made towards the goal of gender equality in these last ten years, and how the remaining challenges will be addressed by member states.
On the occasion of the Summit, a special IPS TerraViva magazine looks at each of the MDGs from a gender perspective, through in-depth stories, op-eds and interviews with some of the key protagonists. A special section in the magazine gives voice to some of the MDG3 grantees and other women’s organisations.
The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) research in mainstream newspapers, television and radio newscasts in 108 countries across the world has uncovered that only 3 percent of stories on poverty, education (2 percent), HIV and AIDS (25 percent), environment (3 percent) and 1 percent of those on global partnerships highlight gender equality and inequality issues.
These ‘themes’ pertain to MDGs 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 respectively.
The GMMP research has also found that only 8 percent of stories on poverty focus centrally on women, 9 percent of stories on education, 39 percent of stories on HIV and AIDS, 4 percent of stories on the environment and 19 percent of stories on global partnerships.
Further, the GMMP research reveals that only 5 percent of poverty stories, education (5 percent), HIV/AIDS (16 percent), environment (3 percent) and global partnerships (1 percent) clearly challenge gender stereotypes.
Of the 5 MDGs selected, news media reportage on HIV and AIDS has been the most gender-responsive from a world average standpoint. More »
IPS Asia-Pacific's Johanna Son introduces the glossary
MANILA – The need to teach students early about gender-sensitive language. Examples of how media reports pass on prejudices in some stories, and mistake gender blindness for political correctness in others. Some editors and writers’ discomfort with asking frank questions when they hear the word ‘gender’.
These are some of the topics that came up for lively discussion at the August 2010 launch of the third edition of the ‘Gender and Development Glossary’, held at the ISIS Intl conference room in Quezon City, Philippines. A mix of journalists, gender and reproductive health experts, professors and civil society advocates made sure there was a variety of opinions at the discussion around words, gender, language and media that day. More »
Chairman, chairwoman, chairperson or chair? Housewife or homemaker? What is so controversial about contraception, the word ‘family’ or ‘sex worker’? Does being gender-sensitive in news mean hiding the genders and sexes of people who appear in them?
Whether you’re a journalist, writer, researcher or a news consumer, some gender-related words are bound to have gotten you wondering about whether, or how, to use them, or what they really mean.
The 91-page third edition of the IPS-Inter Press Service Gender and Development Glossary offers journalists and writers a guide for picking their way through the sometimes tricky terrain of gender, media and development, and the use of gender-related terms and language in media. More »
From the IPS Gender Wire:MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 'Unlearning' gender stereotypes starts with young students. Credit: Kara Santos/IPS
Pioneering historian of gender and award-winning journalist Ruth Rosen recently referred to IPS Gender Wire stories as “outstanding news about women’s lives around the world”.
In each issue, she wites on Talking Points Memo, IPS Gender Wire repeats the fact that “Women do not get half the media’s attention, or an equal voice in expression – only 22 percent of the voices you hear and read in the news today are women’s, she says. In its stories IPS redresses this huge imbalance – covering emerging and frontline issues while asking an often forgotten question: What does this mean for women and girls?