WACC’s Annual Report 2023 spotlights work for communication justice for all

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WACC’s Annual Report 2023 “Communication Justice for All” showcases the organization’s collective work last year to speak up for and advance just, inclusive, and community-led communication worldwide.

“WACC believes in communication that builds and shapes community, enhances participation, and promotes freedom. Communication that demands accountability, builds connectedness, affirms justice, and challenges injustice. Speaking up is, therefore, a duty,” says General Secretary Philip Lee in his message.

Collage of 6 photos: Woman speaking, two women installing a satellite dish, group of young people, people walking across a road with the sun rising behind them, Indigenous woman speaking at COP28 podium, group of people seen from above stand around a table with cutouts of graphics of people Annual Report readers will discover a range of WACC program and regional activities in 2023 that spoke up for communicative justice in word and deed.

The resource features work in WACC’s strategic priority areas of digital justice, gender justice, migrant rights, Indigenous rights, and climate justice, as well as communication rights more broadly:

– Outlining an agenda for a just digital future
– Working together for digital inclusion
– Equipping young leaders to tackle tech-facilitated gender-based violence
– Promoting migrants’ communication rights and public participation
– Advocating for Indigenous voices and knowledge to be heard in policy debates
– Demonstrating the need for local climate voices
– Advocating in global and regional forums for the right to communicate and be in communication

The vibrant publication profiles partner projects in India, Nigeria, Cameroon, Guatemala, and Burkina Faso within WACC’s Communication for All (CAP) program — examples of the movement for communication justice in action in different regions of the world in 2023.

Collage of photos: Indian women look at a mobile phone, a Nigerian woman speaks, Cameroonian young people sit at a table wearing radio headsets, Burkina man speaks, three Indigenous on a podium with one interviewing the other twoIn the Annual Report, Lee looks ahead to continuing WACC’s collective efforts to speak up for communicative and digital justice, in particular through the next edition of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) and a strong civil society presence at the 20-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+20), both in 2025.

In these urgent endeavors, WACC’s voice, with members and partners worldwide, is a vital part of public debate and action, Lee says. “We are looking forward to continuing the struggle together.”

An Indigenous woman from Brazil speaks up for justice at the UN climate summit COP28. As Indigenous peoples are often excluded from global policy-making, WACC advocates and facilitates their full participation in such debates. Photo: Albin Hillert/Life on Earth