Canada, EU and UNESCO host media, journalism and culture for human rights youth seminar


Amman, 18 November 2018 – Today, the UNESCO Amman office, together with over 100 partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries, hosted an event entitled, “Media, journalism and culture for human rights: sharing of experiences” in Amman.

The seminar featured a comprehensive overview of the impact of the recent achievements of the UNESCO-UNCCT project, entitled “Prevention of violent extremism through youth empowerment in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia”, and co-funded by the Government of Canada. The project has been delivered also with generous support from the European Union, through the “Support to Media in Jordan” project.

The participants included young women and men from civil society organizations, and journalism and media students interested in exploring the field of media, journalism and culture, along with key partners. Youth and partners participated actively in during the event, engaging in a series of panel discussions which brought forward very relevant topics on the current use of social media and cultural diversity. The three sessions focused on the following themes: media information literacy (MIL), human rights sensitive reporting and cartoons as a cultural tool for building tolerance and openness.

During the event, Ms. Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative to Jordan, delivered opening remarks, reminding participants of the importance of leaving no one behind and of the criticality of integrating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into all efforts. “Within the Agenda, SDG 16 focuses on public access to information and the protection of fundamental freedoms -- two interrelated objectives that are key accelerators of progress, to which the project contributed”, shared Ms. Farina.

Representing Canada, Ms. Pam Bahlis, commended youth for their interest and their leadership. “As Canadians, this project echoes values that we closely share with Jordan: inclusivity, tolerance, and empowerment. We believe that providing the tools to effectively assess information before us before expressing ourselves on difficult subjects, allows individuals such as yourselves to act as mentors and agents of change”, stated Ms. Bahlis.

Following the final session, youth trained under the project by well-known Jordanian cartoonist Mr. Omar Abdallat, displayed their work in a cartoon exhibition enjoyed by all participants.