Promoting youth representation in the media and media and information literacy among users


Through the NET-MED Youth project, UNESCO has addressed gaps in young Palestinians’ representation in media. UNESCO has supported the production of a media monitoring report and a survey on youth’s perceptions about media, and the implementation of communication campaign actions (through radio, TV, print media, social media and billboards) on priorities identified by the Youth Working Groups set up in the West Bank and Gaza. These include: youth employment and economic empowerment, access for people with disabilities, gender equality and the elimination of violence against women, and the role of youth in the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, to name but a few

The project has empowered over 200 youth with media and information literacy skills through trainings provided to youth organizations, as well as through youth summer camps and sessions delivered in schools. The project also provided small grants for the implementation, by young people, of micro-projects aimed at enhancing youth media production and their representation in media content in Palestine. NET-MED Youth also contributed to mainstreaming a youth perspective into local celebrations of World Radio Day, World Press Freedom Day, International Day for Universal Access to Information and the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The project also facilitated the participation of young Palestinians (both from the West Bank and from Gaza) in regional and international events held abroad.