Access to information is critical for the development of any society. We recognise the disparities in access to ICT between nations and also within countries, most notably between urban and rural populations. As Kenya and other African countries work to reform the ICT sector and expand broadband capacity, media organisations will be searching for better ways to use existing and emerging technologies to reach wider audiences.
For AWC, a key strategic issue is how to take advantage of developments in ICT to promote alternative, interactive and accessible forums for women and children in both rural and urban areas. Our work on ICTs will explore the range of alternatives for linking rural information networks to mainstream media, and connecting more voices from Africa to global dialogue on gender and development issues.
During the 2013 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, Africa Woman and Child Feature Service will undertake a media campaign on gender based violence by getting as many as possible of GBV stories to be told in the media.
This media campaign is intended at raising discussions around the matter and to get the stakeholders-government line ministries and departments, communities, the media, the perpetrators, and donors to increase their effort and commitment to stop the violence and provide justice to the survivors of this violence.
From 1-12 March 2010, government officials and representatives of civil society, the media and the private sector will meet at UN Headquarters in New York during the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to assess what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference, share experiences and good practices and discuss priority actions to deal with persistent obstacles and new challenges.
The Beijing Platform – the most comprehensive global policy framework to achieve the goals of gender equality, development and peace – called for action on twelve key issues:
Since the Beijing Conference, progress has been made in a number of areas, most significantly in education. While gender-sensitive legislation and policies have addressed inequalities and discrimination against women, overall progress remains uneven. Disparities exist between regions and within countries. Global averages also hide differences among women based on location, economic status, ethnicity, age, disability and other factors.