03 Jan 2023 Building the communications rights nest in 2023
Recent events had made it difficult to look forward, WACC President Embert Charles admitted when sitting down at the end of 2022 to pen a New Year’s message to those in the communication rights movement.
He noted that, while the past year had seen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic diminish, the new normal that had arisen had “tested our resolve and resilience as WACC members to remain as a group, and to maintain our mission of ‘enabling people to be heard and seen.’”
In this new situation, WACC strove to lay the foundation for new initiatives to make communication for all a reality, Charles said. He announced that these programs —promoting digital justice, rooting out gender violence online, changing the narratives around migration — would be expanded in 2023 alongside ongoing efforts to communicate climate change and amplify the voices of local communities in policymaking.
“These are tasks for all of us,” Charles stressed, quoting the Creole proverb “Piti an piti zwazo ka fè nich” — Little by little the bird builds its nest. He invited members and partners to join the spaces for collective action and reflection offered by WACC in the coming year.
“Share your ideas, be in communication with us about your hopes, your challenges, and your successes so that they can inspire our community for change. Our members continue to be the lifeline to communities and the sources of inspiration and ideas.”