Some events from the seminar 2 december

Gruppbild semiarietWe were told many gruesome strong stories and got testimonies of hatred, intimidation and harassment by the female journalists that participated.
The seminar showed the power of journalism and its importance for democracy.
Afterwards, the participants gathered at the scene.

Read more about the seminar and on December 2 declaration here.

Ways to defy hate and threats against women journalists

December 2 was the 250 anniversary of the Swedish press freedom. While freedom of expression is threatened from many sides, journalists are threatened, harassed and killed.
Internet hate is part of this threat, which in recent years has increased dramatically. Female journalists are attacked more often than their male colleagues, more often than not based on what they report, but because they are women.
To mark the anniversary, but also to highlight the journalists around the world who will not be silenced Fojo together with Swedish Institute, the Swedish National Commission for Unesco and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs organized a seminar entitled "Defying hate and threats against women journalists." What must be done to stop the hatred and threats against women journalists? Here's what some of the participants in the seminar on what is most important:

Anita Sarkeesian is a Canadian-­American feminist, media and video game critic as well as blogger. She is the creator of the video blog and organization “Feminist Frequency” and has faced widespread harassment having critically examined female stereotypes in video games, including in her video series ‘Tropes vs. Women in Video Games’. The harassment, which included threats of rape and murder, attracted much media attention.

Seminar: Defying hate and threats against women journalists

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On the 2nd of December 2016, Sweden celebrates the 250th anniversary of our Freedom of the Press Act – the first of its kind in the world and a precedent to be followed by all democracies.

In the spirit of the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Fojo Media Institute/Linnæus University, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO wish to celebrate this historic event by paying tribute to all women journalists who defy hate speech and threats, pursuing their mission of providing citizens with the information needed to make enlightened decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments. On the celebration day a seminar was arranged to focus on defying hate and threats against women journalists.

In Zimbabwe, staff at radio stations trained on sexual harassment

GMC Director presenting on sexual harassment in the workplace.GMC Director Abigail Gamanya presenting on sexual harassment in the workplace.Zimbabwean radio station Star FM has carried out sexual harassment training for their staff under the lead of Fojo partner Gender & Media Connect (GMC).

Abigail Gamanya, the Director of GMC and the person who conducted the training, was excited that Star FM had taken the initiative to reach out to GMC asking for training on sexual harassment.

Star FM extended the training to all their staff who are an almost 50/50 percent mix of women and men.
”The General Manager and Human Resources took the initiative and invited GMC. They said this training has never been done before,” said Abigail.

Fojo and UNESCO organizes study tour in media self-regulation for Jordanians

A Jordanian delegation will next week visit Sweden, Denmark, and the UK on a study tour on media self-regulation.
The group of ten senior members of media, government and civil society will meet with self-regulatory bodies, leading media organisations, public service broadcasters, journalists’ unions and government officials and media experts.

“Together with our partner Fojo, UNESCO is pleased to be organising this study tour as it comes after significant discussion in the country about appropriate models of self-regulation and co-regulation,” said Ms Biljana Tatomir, Senior Project Officer at the Support to Media in Jordan Project.

Gender equality in and through the media on the increase in Zimbabwe

ZIM 16days events youngwomenmarch1 PhotoGenderLinksPhoto: Gender Links”I commend media houses in Zimbabwe that have agreed to become Centres of Excellence (COE) for gender in the media as it shows their commitment to achieving gender equality. Also, to acknowledge other media houses and journalists who are pushing boundaries for gender equality in their news coverage and institutional practices,” said Susan Makore, the head of ZiFM Radio in Zimbabwe at the launch of the Gender Media Progress Study in Harare, during a keynote address for the 2016 SADC Protocol @Work Summit on 17 November 2016.

The summit is an annual event which looks at how to empower women in the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s theme was 50/50 by 2030! Empower Women, End Violence.
Day three of the summit focused on the media and Gender Links, a regional organisation which convenes the summit, collaborated with Fojo partner organisation Gender Media Connect (GMC) to direct the day’s programme.

"We need to discuss how gender equality can contribute to independence, self-regulation and quality journalism"

MM Agneta 2 Media Development Conf 2016- We need to discuss how gender equality can contribute to independence, self-regulation and quality journalism, says Agneta Jacobsson while launching the IMS-Fojo in Myanmar study ”Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape” at the fifth Conference on the Media Development in Myanmar.

The new research is focused not only on Yangon but represents what is happening in the states and divisions (of Myanmar), an almost unexplored area when it comes to gender equality in the media.

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