WACC e-book compiles editorials on critical issues facing communications & social justice

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By Marites (Tess) Sison on March 20, 2019 WACC’s electronic book compiles compelling editorials about the role of communications in creating more just societies worldwide. Image: Saskia Rowley Since 1970, WACC has published Media Development, a quarterly journal that has examined critical issues about the role of communications in promoting social justice worldwide. A historian delving into at how communications have… Read more »

Newar radio campaign helps push gov’t to compensate those affected by Kathmandu road expansion

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By Staff on March 19, 2019 Radio Janasanchar reporter interviews community member affected by the Nepalese government’s road expansion project in Kathmandu Valley. Photo: Radio Janasanchar Newar Indigenous peoples displaced by a road expansion in Bhaktapur Municipality, Kathmandu Valley, have been promised compensation by the Nepalese government as a result of the local community’s activism, including a sustained public awareness campaign,… Read more »

Shrinking democratic space, rise of far-right populism threaten communication rights

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By Staff on March 15, 2019    Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women is one of WACC’s Honorary Life Members. Photo: Contributed The shrinking space for civil society, increasing religious fundamentalism and the rise of far-right populism around the world are major developments that hinder people’s right to communicate, says Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, one of WACC’s… Read more »

‘New window’ opens for Delhi’s migrant women, girls

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Young migrant women record a video as part of a digital media workshop aimed at building their skills and confidence. The training was conducted by WACC partner Ideosync Media Combine. Photo: Ideosync Media Combine When the most devastating flood in Bihar’s history came in 1987, Renu Devi recalled that the rampaging waters and landslides had swept away people who were… Read more »

Media key to achieving gender equality, WACC tells Commission on Status of Women dialogue

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By Staff on March 13, 2019 The 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The global commitment to end gender inequality will not advance unless attention is also given to achieving gender parity in media and communication, WACC’s Sarah Macharia told a high-level dialogue at the 63rd session of the… Read more »

Better the balance in journalism, better the world

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  Young Rohingya refugee women and girls fly kites with their demands and wishes to celebrate International Women’s Day last year at the Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce. WACC is urging its members and partners around the world to take part in this year’s International Women’s Day by advocating for gender equality in the news… Read more »

Meeting explores role of civil society in advancing linguistic rights in the Caribbean

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Photo Credit: WACC WACC convened a meeting of its project partners across the Caribbean Feb. 25 to 27 to reflect on challenges and opportunities around communication rights and linguistic diversity, particularly in relation to sustainable development. The meeting in Saint Lucia explored the following questions: What is the role of civil society in advocating for linguistic rights? How can civil… Read more »

All living beings have right to communicate, says WACC honorary life member

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By Staff on February 27, 2019 The Rev. Dr. Young-cheol Cheon is an ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Korea. Photo: Contributed The right to communicate must apply not only to human beings, but all living beings, says the Rev. Dr. Young-cheol Cheon, who was named one of WACC’s 12 honorary life members in 2018. “Communication is the essence of… Read more »

Communication rights must go beyond freedom of expression, says WACC honorary life member

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By Staff on February 22, 2019 Misunderstandings and exclusion are the biggest challenges to communication rights, says Julienne Munyaneza. Photo: Contributed  Acknowledging that “achieving communication rights for all is a long process,” Julienne Munyaneza says WACC’s work remains as important today as when it was founded 50 years ago. Munyaneza, who was named one of WACC’s 12 honorary life members in… Read more »

‘God exists, Her Name is Petrunya’ wins Ecumenical Jury prize

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By Staff on February 20, 2019 God exists, Her Name is Petrunya  is a satire about change, convention, male privilege and a woman’s place in Macedonian society. Photo: Berlin International Film Festival A “modern day parable” about a young Macedonian woman who breaks church and patriarchal traditions has won the Ecumenical Jury prize at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. Directed… Read more »