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Indigenous community radio addresses critical gap in Covid-19 information

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 Grassroots organization CONFENIAE translated  COVID-19 information and regulations released by the Ecuadorian government into the languages of various Amazonian cultures to help inform and protect Indigenous communities. Photo: CONFENIAE WACC Global’s grassroots partners in Ecuador and Nepal are actively responding to the Covid-19 pandemic by bringing crucial information about the infectious disease in languages that their local Indigenous communities speak and understand.   #WasipiSakiri (#StayatHome) is a hashtag… Read more »

WACC announces support for digital justice

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  Vulnerable women in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, often lack the necessary knowledge and skills to use digital media platforms to advocate for their rights and to highlight their concerns in a safe way. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance As part of its efforts to promote communication rights around the world, WACC is proud to announce the launch of its new Communication Rights in a… Read more »

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 »