WACC to help migrants exercise their communication rights

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A boy takes a selfie on a mobile phone as people gather around a fire inside a refugee processing centre in the Serbian village of Presevo, not far from the Macedonian border.  Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance  WACC  announces the launch of a new programmatic focus as part of our efforts to promote communication for all. The new Communication Rights and Migration Programme seeks to enable migrants and host communities… Read more »

Communication and community in times of isolation

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 Photo: Deliris/Shutterstock WACC’s response to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 For our common good, we need to use and promote technologies to unite people and communities who are divided by adversity. When the coronavirus (COVID-19) is raising physical and psychological barriers and as people and communities are experiencing various degrees of isolation, fear, and despair, it is all the more… Read more »

WACC, SIGNIS postpone European ecumenical TV festival amid coronavirus pandemic 

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By Staff on March 17, 2020   Theatre director Esther Porcelijn from Tilburg, the Netherlands, with Rabbi Dalfin of the U.S. Chabad-Lubavitch, in a scene from Spot the Differences, which won the Prize for best programme at the European TV Festival of Religious Programmes in 2014. Photo: Courtesy of WACC-SIGNIS European TV Festival of Religious Programmes  The 20th European Festival of Religious… Read more »

25 years after Beijing Declaration, ‘we still don’t have an equal world’: UN report

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Women and girls still suffer from poverty, discrimination and violence, and “under-representation in power and decision-making is still the norm,” says a 2020 report by UN Women released on International Women’s Day, March 9. Photo: Shihab Hossain/Unsplash  While life today is better for a 15-year-old girl in a developing world, she will nonetheless have to keep fighting against tremendous odds… Read more »

UN commission recognizes need for balanced, fair representation of women in media

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By Staff on March 10, 2020 Opening meeting of the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City, March 9. The meeting was scaled down following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.  Photo: Loey Felipe/UN Photo  WACC and its Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) network have welcomed the Commission on the Status of… Read more »

Gender and media alliances urge Commission on Status of Women to postpone adoption of Political Declaration

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By  on March 06, 2020 A civil society organisation participant asks a question during a UN Commission on the Status of Women town hall  at the UN Headquarters in 2018.  This year’s CSW has been scaled down following the outbreak of coronavirus disease, and events such as this have been cancelled.  Photo: UN/Mark Garten  ‘Inclusion of key stakeholders in text,… Read more »

International Women’s Day 2020: Gender-balanced media for an equal world

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Photo: Albin Hillert  International Women’s Day (IWD) campaigns step up demands for the respect of women’s basic civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. This year’s IWD,  March 8, 2020, calls us to raise awareness against bias and take action for equality in order to forge a gender-equal world. WACC Global renews its commitment to gender equality at all levels… Read more »

WACC steps up effort to respond to communication needs of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia

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By Staff on March 04, 2020   A member of the network of citizen journalists at a migrants’ reception centre in  Bogota. Photo: Grupo Comunicarte  A project to establish “communication that brings us together” began with a mix of “great enthusiasm and uncertainty” over a year ago in Colombia, as the country grappled with the influx of an unprecedented number of… Read more »

Gender equality: Some progress, but still a long way to go

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By Staff on March 03, 2020 WACC Global’s quarterly journal, Media Development, has published its first issue of the year, which examines how women around the world are faring 25 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and five years since the launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Published in time for International Women’s Day 2020, and its… Read more »

Here’s how WACC helped to advance communication rights in 2019

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By Staff on February 26, 2020 In 2019, a year marked by divisive politics, attacks on journalists, xenophobia, digital surveillance and harassment, and other threats to freedom of information and democracy, WACC Global continued to make a positive difference, especially among vulnerable people and communities around the world. With WACC’s support, 79 grassroots organizations in 29 countries helped tens of thousands… Read more »