Press release 10 March 2017
The EU-funded MedMedia project marked International Women’s Day with a series of events held this week aimed at promoting the image of women in public life as well as their representation in news programming.
More than 200 people attended four events in Tunis, Amman, Ramallah and Rabat which highlighted key challenges and presented a range of solutions.
Central to the discussions was Khabirat, a regional network of online directories which are designed to provide editorial teams with details of women experts in selected thematic areas.
Participants at the events agreed that Khabirat had significant potential to raise awareness of media diversity and gender-sensitive coverage. They also called for other activities – such as training in public speaking – which could help build the capacity and profile of women experts across the region.
Plans are now underway to launch national recruitment campaigns with a view to expanding the directories’ resources and developing joint actions in line with the goals of the Khabirat initiative.
Khabirat partners include:
In Jordan: the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), the Jordan Press Association (JPA), the Jordan Radio and Television (JRTV) and the national News agency Petra.
In Morocco: Syndicat national de la presse marocaine (SNPM), la Société nationale de radiotélévision (SNRT), la Fédération marocaine des éditeurs de journaux (FMEJ), Radio Plus et ECOMEDIA.
In Palestine: – the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), WAFA News Agency, and the Women Affairs’ Technical Committee (WATC),
In Tunisia: The Syndicat national des journalistes tunisiens (SNJT), la Haute autorité indépendante de la Communication audiovisuelle (HAICA), la Télévision et la Radio tunisiennes, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP), l’Association tunisienne des femmes démocrates (ATFD) et l’Association des femmes tunisiennes pour la recherche et le développement (AFTURD).