Women make the News, Gender Equality In and By the Media: Perceptions, Challenges and Opportunities

When, local time: 
Thursday, 10 March 2016 -
1:30am to 6:30pm
Where: 
Senegal, Dakar
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Gaia Paradiso, g.paradiso@unesco.org

On the occasion of International Women’s day, a conference on the role and representation of women in the media in West Africa is organized. Three panels (Women and Human Rights, Women and Leadership, Women and Media) will discuss and share insights and perspectives for women’s representation in the Media. The event is organized by UN Women Regional office for West and Central Africa, West Africa regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar.
The UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, the West Africa Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN WOMEN Regional Office for West and Central Africa are celebrating International Women’s Day 2016 under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”. On March 10th, the three agencies will organize a conference entitled “Women Make the News, Gender Equality In and By the Media: Perceptions, Challenges and Opportunities” to discuss the role of women in the media. The event will feature three panels on: Women and Leadership, Women and Human Rights and Women and the Media.
Women and male leaders in entrepreneurship, human rights and media working to promote gender equality will share insides and perspectives for promoting women’s representation in the media.
The conference, which will bring together representatives of the government, civil society, media actors and students, aims at raising awareness on the ways in which women are portrayed in the media and perceived in West African society. Preliminary findings of a report jointly developed by the West Africa Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar will be presented. The report analyzes women’s participation, as well as women’s gender perception and representation in society at political, public, media, trade unions and private sector levels in West Africa, and includes data on Senegal.

The original web series of We are the XX, “A Woman’s Place”, will be presented at the closure of the event. It displays two committed women traveling around the world to report 21st century feminism and challenge gender roles and stereotyping, depicting a diversity of female revolutionaries, leaders and activists, including the women wrestlers of Senegal.