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WACC welcomes Canadian action plan on gender equality as opportunity to advance communication for all

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12 Apr 2024 WACC welcomes Canadian action plan on gender equality as opportunity to advance communication for all Posted at 12:15h in Gender, News by Terri R. Miller WACC welcomes the strong commitment to gender equality signalled by the Canadian government with its release of Foundations for Peace: Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security – 2023 to… Read more »

What makes for exemplary war photojournalism?

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08 Apr 2024 What makes for exemplary war photojournalism? Posted at 08:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Nii Obodai, Africa jury chair for the 2024 World Press Photo Contest recognizing the world’s best photojournalism, seeks photography that “shift[s] from hard visualization of violence to a more nuanced approach that empowers viewers towards reaching greater understanding… [Not …] dead bodies, or… Read more »

Indigenous citizen communicators in the Philippines ready to champion climate justice

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03 Apr 2024 Indigenous citizen communicators in the Philippines ready to champion climate justice WACC is partnering with the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) to equip the Alangan-Mangyan people in the Filipino province of Mindoro as storytellers to bring their voices into the public sphere and protect their unique environment. A long-time WACC partner, CFA was established in 1968 to… Read more »

Strengthening rural women’s access to broadband in Uganda

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02 Apr 2024 Strengthening rural women’s access to broadband in Uganda A WACC-supported project run by the Woman of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is strengthening community-based connectivity in the rural North of the country, with a particular focus on bridging the digital gender gap. WOUGNET, which brings together women-led Ugandan civil society organizations, was established in 2000 to promote the use… Read more »

Ten communicators honored as WACC Laureates

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27 Mar 2024 Ten communicators honored as WACC Laureates WACC’s Board of Directors has named ten individuals as new Honorary Lifetime Members in recognition of their long-time dedication to advancing communication for all. Since 1995, WACC has celebrated individuals from around the world who have upheld the organization’s vision and mission of promoting communication rights in order to build more… Read more »

Where is the money? How international development is failing democratic communication

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25 Mar 2024 Where is the money? How international development is failing democratic communication Posted at 08:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley In 2016, widespread misinformation fueled hate-filled public debate in the United Kingdon and was a major contributor to the outcome of the Brexit referendum. Since then, the country’s decision to leave the European Union has had very negative… Read more »

Radio station boosts vital communication link for Rendille speakers in Kenya

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21 Mar 2024 Radio station boosts vital communication link for Rendille speakers in Kenya A WACC-supported project in Kenya is helping an Indigenous community radio station to serve as an enhanced information channel for the Rendille people and preserve the tribe’s language and culture. In 2021, the Fereiti Action Network, a Kenyan, youth-driven organization for social change, partnered with WACC… Read more »

Keep gender at center of global digital governance, NGO CSW68 event urges

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While digital platforms such as X already have tools in place to check for hate speech, Namata said that a manual methodology like the GMMP’s is vital to identify micro-aggressions and ensure context-appropriate vetting tools. “The human-centered approach is the future.” New research on women’s communication rights The Digital Communication Rights event also featured new feminist communication scholarship. Such contributions… Read more »

Media monitoring key to breaking down gender stereotypes, CSW68 hears

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Civil society is a vital catalyst for change when it comes to addressing gender-based prejudices in the news, WACC gender and media expert Sarah Macharia reported at a side event to the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) on Monday in New York. WACC’s Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) is an important tool to combat… Read more »

Turning point for Big Tech?

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11 Mar 2024 Turning point for Big Tech? Apple has been fined €1.8bn by the European Commission for breaking competition laws over music streaming. The EU Competition Commissioner said that Apple had restricted “developers from informing consumers about alternative, cheaper music services available outside of the Apple ecosystem.” Although Apple says it will appeal, the judgment seems part of the… Read more »