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    Descriptive info: Africa Region.. Plea for African digital libraries.. Monday, 13 July 2009 12:46.. Last year WACC published a.. No-Nonsense guide to The Digitization of the World.. This year a conference in Ethiopia has been hearing how the poor are likely to bear the brunt of African countries' failure to build digital libraries and archives to provide continent-wide access to local knowledge.. Read more.. Europe Region.. WACC Europe produces first regional newsletter.. By Teresia Mutuku, Communications Officer and Web Manager, WACC.. WACC-Europe has produced the first regional newsletter,.. Meeting Point,.. aimed at connecting the European personal and corporate members of WACC.. The Regional Chair, Rev Juha Rajamäki, says the newsletter is a tool to inform members about networks, events and resources.. Asia Region.. Isis International organizes seminar on community radio for peace.. Isis International is organizing a five-day seminar called 'Women Making Airwaves for Peace' which is directly related to two of WACC's areas of concern: Media and gender justice and communication for peace.. WACC-Asia celebrates “Communication Sunday”.. By Rev.. Judy Chan, Treasurer for WACC Asia.. “Asia Communication Sunday” was successfully celebrated on 21 June with observances around the region on the theme: “.. Communication is peace: Taking sides to build viable communities.. ”.. The biggest event took place at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College in Chennai, India with a full slate of activities for the “Asia Communication Week”, June 21-27.. Gurukul faculty and students conducted creative worship services and morning devotions at the College along with multi-media community outreach programmes and student competitions (see article below for more details).. Latin America Region.. Llamado internacional para respetar la libertad de expresión en Honduras.. La WACC comparte el llamado de la Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias de América Latina y el Caribe (AMARC-ALC) a defender la libertad de expresión y de prensa en el país centroamericano.. Reproducimos a continuación la declaración de AMARC hecha el 29 de junio 2009 en que la Asociación llama a restablecer la democracia en Honduras'.. Cuando comunicar se vuelve un crimen.. A pedido de la Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC), la WACC está compartiendo el siguiente artículo, publicado a raíz de las acciones del gobierno federal mexicano en contra de las radios comunitarias.. Gritos por la inclusión.. Por Rolando Pérez, comunicador e investigador peruano y Miembro de la WACC.. Pensando el desarrollo luego de la masacre en Bagua, Perú.. Escúchanos por favor señor Alan García:.. ¡Tú.. eres culpable porque nos has exterminado!:.. Nos estás matando.. Nos estás vendiendo.. Nosotros los awajún-wampis no te hemos elegido para que nos extermines, sino para que nos ayudes.. ¡Ya nos exterminaste, ahora quedamos sin NADA!.. Fermín Tiwi, pobladora del pueblo Awaj.. ú.. n, 5 junio, 2009.. La  ...   Revitalizing a media reform movement in Canada.. Written by Philip Lee, Deputy Director Programs, WACC.. WACC Global and WACC North America lent their support to the Campaign for Democratic Media (CDM) when it hosted a workshop on 26 May to review the findings of research funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).. The aim of the research was to determine the 'building blocks' necessary to an emergent, politically progressive coalition aimed at democratizing public communication in Canada.. WACC submitted the proposal to SSRC in partnership with Professor Robert A.. Hackett (Simon Fraser University).. Participants heard Professor David Skinner (York University) give an outline of the main issues facing media reform, including support for local broadcasting and journalism, increased resources for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and support for mandate-driven and non-profit local media.. Contribution des médias à une démocratie apaisée.. séminaire de formation des journalistes ouest-africain.. Par Mathilde Kpalla.. L’union des Journalistes indépendants du Togo (UJIT) organise, du 13 au 15 mai 2009, en collaboration avec l’Union des Journalistes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (UJAO), un séminaire sous-régional à Kpalimé au Togo.. Le thème est : « médias, élections et transitions en Afrique de l’Ouest ».. Ce séminaire vise à améliorer le niveau des journalistes en matière de couverture des élections dans la région ouest africaine.. Christian journalists call for effective use of Internet for evangelism.. Written by Lekan Otufodunrin.. Journalists for Christ (JFC), a Christian media group based in Nigeria has urged Christians to effectively use the Internet for evangelism.. The group made the call in a statement signed by its Administrative officer, Dayo Emmanuel to mark the World Internet Evangelism Day held on Sunday, April 26.. Webinar to highlight peace project.. By Rebekah Chevalier,.. WACC.. North America.. Vice-Chair.. North America is hoping to venture into new technological territory this year by hosting a webinar.. At its meeting March 25–26, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts, the executive committee discussed the idea of hosting a webinar in the fall on the topic of its recently completed peace monitoring project.. North America Chair, Keith Knight.. Religion Communication Congress 2010.. Religion Communication Congress (RCCongress 2010), a multi-faith forum for all levels of communicators of religion will be held in Chicago 7-10 April 2010.. The theme of the Congress is.. Embracing Change: Communicating faith in today’s world.. More Articles.. WACC Europe produces first regional newsletter.. Isis International organizes seminar on community radio for peace.. WACC-Asia celebrates “Communication Sunday”.. Llamado internacional para respetar la libertad de expresión en Honduras.. Cuando comunicar se vuelve un crimen.. Gritos por la inclusión.. La crise financière internationale.. Start.. Prev.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. Next.. End.. Page 10 of 12..

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    Descriptive info: Theologians converge on Brazil to envision a sustainable world.. By Stephen Brown, Ecumenical News International (ENI).. Theologians from around the world are converging on Belém, near the mouth of the Amazon River in northeast Brazil, to develop a theology for the "sustainability of life on Earth".. Their meeting comes in advance of the.. World Social Forum.. , a global gathering addressing exploitative globalisation.. "The social and political reality in the Amazonian context promotes a direct relationship with the earth, water and biodiversity and reveals the limits and alternatives of the relation of human beings with their immediate environment," noted a statement posted on the Web site (www.. wftl.. org) of the 21 to 25 January World Forum on Theology and Liberation.. World Social Forum poster.. WACC pioneer Doris Hess dies.. Dr.. Doris E.. Hess, 84, retired United Methodist missionary and long-time mission agency executive, died on January 13, 2008 following a long illness.. She had lived at the Brooks-Howell retirement center in Asheville, North Carolina, for six years.. She was a native of Hughesville, Pennsylvania, where a memorial service has been scheduled for January 24 at Christ United Methodist Church.. Pacific Region.. Women’s Weather Watch report on floods in Fiji.. By Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Ana Rakacikaci and Sulueti Waqa.. with reports from femLINKPACIFIC’s rural women’s media network - Nausori, Nadi , Ba and Labasa who are reporting that there is an urgent need for food and water, clothes and shelter and other household supplies.. At 3am this morning a text message arrived from Adi Vasu in Labasa.. “It’s 3am.. The flood water now entered my house.. I haven’t slept all night.. ”.. We were unable to contact Adi Vasu again until 1pm this afternoon, by then she was in the midst of cleaning up her house.. Iglesia es comunicación.. Por Luciano Sathler, Presidente, WACC- América Latina.. (Publicado en 29.. 11.. 2008).. En la iglesia, el altar comunica.. Las ropas comunican.. La organización de los banquillos y de otros muebles comunica.. La mirada de los miembros al visitante comunica.. La música comunica.. La limpieza de las áreas comunes, incluso baños, comunica.. El mensaje pastoral comunica, aunque cada vez menos.. El boletín intenta comunicar.. Todo en la iglesia es comunicación.. Efatá: los Derechos a la Comunicación.. Y, Llenos de  ...   haitianos llegados desde distintos puntos del país y profesores fundamentalmente del Distrito Nacional interesados en conocer la forma de cómo pueden ellos y ellas acceder a las informaciones públicas participaron de la jornada formativa coordinada por el Espacio de Comunicación Insular y la Asociación Mundial para la Comunicación Cristiana (WACC por sus siglas en inglés).. Proyecto: “Comunicación para la vida: Prevención del VIH Sida en Adolescentes y Jovenes”.. Nota de Prensa.. Desde el mes de Ocubre del 2007 hasta Octubre 2008, el Centro Intereclesial de Estudios Teológicos y Sociales ejecutó el proyecto: “Comunicación para la vida: Prevención del VIH Sida en Adolescentes y Jovenes” el cual benefició a un total de 81 adolesentes con un rango de edad de 12 a 18 años.. La procedencia de los participantes fue de las iglesias, escuelas y comunidades originarios de los departamentos de Chinadega, León y Managua.. Radio Okapi journalist gunned down.. By Philip Lee, Deputy Director of Programmes, WACC.. WACC joins the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) in expressing its outrage and sadness at the murder of 34-year-old Radio Okapi journalist Didace Namujimbo on 21 November 2008.. “Shock Waves” – winner of the best Canadian documentary on international development (2008) and of the WACC-SIGNIS human rights film award (2008) – was widely praised after its screening during WACC’s Congress 2008.. Step Forth in Faith.. Press release.. The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) is inviting Media houses to the largest gathering of the African Church who, together with the Civil Society, will meet in Maputo, Mozambique from 7-12 December, 2008 under the auspices of the AACC 9th General Assembly whose theme will be Africa,.. Step Forth in Faith.. The media fraternity is invited to witness and to capture this momentous occasion as the faith community deals with the challenges of Africa when new ground will be broken, barriers brought down and new partnerships forged, by Africans in Africa together with Africans in the Diaspora.. DFID partners with WACC in fight against HIV/AIDS stigma.. Beginning July 1st WACC and the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) embarked on a 3-year project supported by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).. This is a significant accomplishment in WACC’s response to HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination.. 11.. 12.. Page 12 of 12..

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    Descriptive info: Sobre la WACC.. Visión y Misión.. Principios.. Plan Estratégico.. Contrapartes.. Junta Directiva.. Lista del personal.. Informe Anual.. Mapa del sitio.. Momentos destacados.. Programas.. Lista de Proyectos.. Apoyo de la WACC a proyectos: ¿Cómo funciona?.. Fortaleciendo la Radio Comunitaria.. Monitoreando la pobreza rural.. Género y Comunicación.. Rutas hacia las fronteras digitales.. Reconociendo los Derechos a la Comunicación.. Justicia de Género y los Medios de la Comunicación.. Comunicación para la Paz.. La Comunicación, Estigma y VIH/SIDA.. Comunicación y Pobreza.. Comunicación para el Ecumenismo.. Temas.. Congreso.. Publicaciones.. Librería.. Red Global.. Sala de prensa.. Únase.. Contáctenos.. [Iniciar sesión].. The disappearance of ENInews.. By Michel Kocher.. The announcement of the definitive cessation of activities by the World Council of Churches’ press agency has come.. ENInews will not outlive the drastic financial reductions imposed by its two main sponsors, the World Council of Churches (.. WCC.. ) and the Lutheran World Federation (.. LWF.. ).. Approaches made to other partners, notably in Asia, were fruitless.. It’s the end of an adventure that strengthened the influence of the ecumenical movement.. ENInews was a true press agency, independent, recognized and given awards several times over.. Its network of almost 50 correspondents on five continents, linked to a very well informed editorial team based in Geneva, produced a stream of trustworthy and quality news.. It’s true that certain news, critical of the WCC itself, was received with considerable ill-feeling within the establishment.. But to say that this was the reason for its downfall is to go too far.. It was clearly the financial difficulties facing the WCC that led it to turn off the taps, privileging other activities that in its eyes were more vital.. It was a choice that brought with it the withdrawal of the LWF, leaving the World Communion of Reformed Churches (.. WCRC.. ), WACC and others as sole supporters of ENInews.. A true ecumenical label.. Ecumenical News International contributed to the influence of the ecumenical movement by deploying a clear and valued editorial line.. Careful to find topics using the prism of the great inspirations of the ecumenical movement, it provided a unique thread of information.. It allowed readers to hear an echo of the WCC’s intuitions at the heart of its member churches, in their social engagement, their ethical and spiritual debates.. Reading ENInews presented many observers with clear information about what was at stake, the progresses and impediments affecting relations between the churches, but also between North and South.. In a study commissioned by me in 2009, I observed the importance of institutional type coverage: more than 45% of news sent out in 2006 was about statements by church leaders or executives! A high proportion, some would say too high.. Certainly this statistic reflected the intensity of exchanges and meetings at the heart of the ecumenical movement as much as the attention Christians of different backgrounds were giving to each other.. Leer más.. La disparition d’ENInews.. Par Michel Kocher, journaliste, directeur de Médias-pro (Lausanne), membre de la WACC, et ancien président d’ENInews.. L’annonce de la cessation définitive des activités de l’agence de presse du Conseil Oecuménique des Églises est tombée.. ENInews ne survivra pas aux réductions financières drastiques imposées par ses deux bailleurs de fonds principaux, le COE lui-même et la FLM.. Les contacts pris avec d’autres partenaires, notamment en Asie, n’ont pas abouti.. C’est la fin d’une aventure qui a contribué au rayonnement du mouvement oecuménique.. ENInews a été une véritable agence de presse, indépendante, reconnue et primée à plusieurs reprises.. Son réseau de près de 50 correspondants sur les cinq continents, associé à une équipe éditoriale basée à Genève et très bien informée, a produit un flux de nouvelles fiables et de qualité.. C’est si vrai que certaines news, critiques sur le COE lui-même, lui ont valu de solides inimitiés dans l’establishment.. De là à dire que c’est la raison de sa chute, il y a une distance infranchissable.. Ce sont bien les difficultés financières du COE qui ont conduit ce dernier à fermer les robinets, privilégiant d’autres activités, plus vitales à ses yeux.. Un choix qui a entraîné le retrait de la FLM, laissant la CMER, la WACC et d’autres, seuls à soutenir ENInews.. Un vrai label oecuménique.. Ecumenical News International a contribué au rayonnement du mouvement oecuménique en déployant une ligne éditoriale claire et appréciée.. Soucieuse de trouver une actualité au prisme des grandes inspirations du mouvement oecuménique, elle a fourni un fil d’information unique.. Il a permis de suivre l’écho des intuitions du COE au sein de ses Églises membres, dans leurs engagements sociaux, leurs débats éthiques et spirituels.. Lire ENInews a offert à nombre d’observateurs une information claire sur les enjeux, les progressions comme aussi les pesanteurs des relations entre les Églises, mais aussi entre le Nord et le Sud.. Dans une analyse qui m’avait été commandée en 2009, j’avais observé l’importance de la couverture de type institutionnelle : plus de 45% des nouvelles diffusées en 2006 tournaient autour de déclarations de responsables ecclésiaux ou assimilés ! Une proportion très élevée, trop diront certains.. Elles étaient certainement le reflet de l’intensité des échanges et des rencontres au sein du mouvement oecuménique autant que l’attention que peuvent se porter mutuellement des chrétiens d’horizons divers.. L’impossible financement de la presse.. Installé depuis une quinzaine d’années, l’incontestable “hivers oecuménique institutionnel” a coupé l’herbe sous les pieds, non seulement du COE à Genève, mais aussi de tous ceux qui dépendaient, financièrement et culturellement, de ses activités.. ENI en était.. Elle a payé le prix fort, même si ses responsables ont tenté ces dernières années de rechercher de nouvelles sources de financement.. Quant à la vente directe des nouvelles d’ENI cela a toujours été une tâche très difficile.. Non seulement la logistique doit être très performante, mais le réseau susceptible de consommer les nouvelles doit accepter de les payer.. Ce n’était largement pas le cas des milieux d’église, habitués à vivre de la gratuité.. Quant à la grande presse, elle-même en difficulté financière et en voie de sécularisation, elle n’était pas à même, à de rares exceptions près, de financer plus largement ENI par l’achat de nouvelle.. Sans parler de la fracture des cultures d’information entre l’Occident, l’Orient et l’Afrique, qui est aussi une fracture entre pays riches et pays pauvres.. Travaillant sur le modèle occidental, ENInews n’était pas, pour les partenaires de culture orthodoxe - et certains africains, un outil adapté à leur culture, du moins pas pour ses élites, aimant une information ecclésiale contrôlée.. Après la chute du Mur de Berlin on eu souhaité qu’ENInews, ce label oecuménique unique, devienne un moyen pour faire mieux connaissance, pour garder contact et construire les fraternités de demain.. A la recherche de nouveaux modèles d’échange.. Sans doute que le modèle d’une agence internationale, travaillant selon la logique pyramidale avec un centre éditorial faisant rayonner des news vers l’extérieur, a vécu.. Il faut imaginer des formes d’échanges décentralisés, respectueux des dynamiques et des besoins régionaux ou linguistiques, ce que tente en français.. ProtestInter.. com.. L’émergence rapide des réseaux sociaux, les rôles qu’ils ont joués dans les révolutions arabes, nous interrogent.. Après tout, un incident, un geste, quelque part au fond d’un village inconnu, peut être l’information la plus importante et la plus significative à faire connaître.. De ce point de vue, la balle est non seulement dans le camp des journalistes, mais aussi dans celui des églises, des ONG, des acteurs de terrain.. A eux de décoder les rouages de l’injustice, les signes d’espérance.. Dans le langage traditionnel, on dirait : “à eux de témoigner”; peut-être faudrait-il dire aujourd’hui à eux de faire du “Livetwitt oecuménique”.. Note:.. Après avoir repris la traduction d’ENInews en français, l’agence de presse Protestinfo a décidé de continuer à publier un fil de nouvelles internationales en français, sous le label de Protestinter.. com Pour ce faire elle a négocié des accords avec différentes agences (EPD, RNS.. ) dont elle traduit certaines nouvelles en français.. SAT-7 earns human rights journalism award.. Photo: Juliana Sfeir (center) accepts award on behalf of SAT-7.. The Lebanese Center for Human Rights recently granted its Human Rights Journalism Award to SAT-7 for "dedication to promoting human rights through the media.. Juliana Sfeir accepted on behalf of SAT-7, which has produced quality programming advocating for human rights since 2003.. Other organizations that also received the award were L’Orient le Jour, The Daily Star and the UN news service, IRIN.. Past SAT-7 on-air campaigns have promoted the rights of women, children, ethnic and religious minorities and the social inclusion of people with disabilities.. The Human Rights Journalism Award specifically recognizes the efforts of two campaigns -- the inclusion of people with disabilities and advocating for the rights of female heads of households.. Staff members at SAT-7 are committed to these values behind the cameras as well.. Alongside the awareness campaign for the inclusion of people with disabilities, SAT-7 renovated its Lebanon studio and office facilities to become wheelchair accessible and employs a disabled person as their receptionist.. Future campaigns will address issues affecting refugees and migrant and domestic workers.. In addition to these focused campaigns, SAT-7 takes a holistic approach to human rights, promoting them in a variety of programs for all ages.. Most recently, this has been done in Just For You, a program designed for Iraqis and Syrians; Forbidden, a talk show addressing social issues in North Africa, and Full Stop, a talk show debating marriage and related domestic issues.. SAT-7 produces programming that helps viewers both understand and better appreciate the value of human rights, not just for Christians, but for societies as a whole.. Sfeir explains how SAT-7 offers more than mainstream answers to viewers, “We don’t believe in just advocating human rights.. These rights have to be seen in the light of the Word of God, and be a matter of prayer for us as Christians.. We do our best to bring a Christian perspective to this and all other such important issues.. ” She comments that her own dedication to human rights is inspired by the ministry of Jesus, who spent His life with people in the streets and the open-air.. Reflecting on the award, Sfeir emphasizes the value of teamwork within SAT-7.. She says, “It’s just the beginning.. There are people in SAT-7 who have amazing potential.. I see a bright future.. ” The team at SAT-7 is brimming with creative ideas for future projects, their realization contingent upon funding.. Sfeir anticipates the award, which draws attention to over a decade of dedication and quality production, will help the non-profit secure funding for future projects.. The Human Rights  ...   been declared dead numerous times only to see its revival and novel usage in new settings and contexts.. But while the rest of the world, including many semi-closed regimes, has been tolerant of private and community radio, the Arab world, including some relatively open societies, has persistently rejected any regulation that would grant radio licenses to anyone other than government organizations or the elite business entities that circulate within their orbit.. Nigeria project encourages female leadership in church groups.. A project in Lagos state, Nigeria that was supported by WACC helped women in faith groups promote better understanding and greater awareness of HIV and AIDS and the effects of HIV related stigmatization and discrimination in the church.. “Strengthening Behaviour Change Communication" engaged the leadership of women groups and marriage counselling units in selected churches from five localities in Lagos State as well as journalists and people living with HIV.. Through this project, the group.. Journalists Against AIDS.. was able to contribute to shaping attitudes and promoting open discussions about HIV within these churches.. The activities carried out involved advocacy visits, planning meetings, a three-days training and participants’ step–down trainings in their respective churches.. Through role plays, interactive discussions, and case studies, the training equipped participants with communication skills and strategies.. Some of the female leaders, including pastors' wives, were trained to create platforms where HIV and preventing mother-to-child transmission issues were discussed from the pulpit.. Some who were also youth pastors were equipped with skills to discuss sex and other related issues with youths from an informed perspective.. Anglican Journal wins award for special report on WACC's work.. Canada's.. Anglican Journal.. won ten awards at the Associated Church Press convention held in Indianapolis April 4-6, including an honorable mention for a special report on the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC).. The four-page report -- "Communication and Human Rights” by Diana Swift -- was published in December 2012.. Swift's articles covered a number of WACC initiatives, including:.. Advocating for the "right to public memory" for vulnerable people worldwide living with the memories of atrocities and oppression,.. Changing societies where people do not have the right to listen, view, read or be heard,.. Supporting the communication of human rights through the arts,.. Strengthening networks of communication,.. Training indigenous people in Bolivia on modern communication methods,.. Working with partners to promote acceptance of people with HIV/AIDS,.. Monitoring gender coverage in the media.. The full report may be found.. Journal.. also won awards for design, website, columnists, photography and general excellence.. More information can be found.. Book examines issues of covering climate change.. The International Association for Media and Communication Research (.. IAMCR.. ) recently posted news about a book edited by IAMCR members Elisabeth Eide and Risto Kunelius that looks at the journalistic challenges of writing about climate change.. Media Meets Climate: The Global Challenge for Journalism.. looks at this 21st century issue by studying global coverage of the United Nations climate change summits.. Building on global research from the MediaClimate Network, the book offers transnational analyses of how climate change is mediated.. It asks these questions: Who or what dominates global news flows? How is the future imagined? It tackles crucial professional issues facing climate journalists.. What is the role of journalistic advocacy? How is science represented? Are social media redefining journalism-source relations?.. According to material provided by the publisher, the book asks questions about the media’s role in global representation and misrepresentation of climate change and actors.. How is climate change visualized? What role is played by gender? How are activists framed in the media? How are indigenous people covered?.. To read the rest of the story, click.. Journalists or activists? In Egypt today, it's hard to define.. As World Press Freedom Day approaches on May 3, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported that in Egypt, journalists become activists in a climate of government intimidation.. WACC has marked World Press Freedom Day for several years.. Last year, WACC President Dr.. Dennis Smith and General Secretary the Rev.. Karin Achtelstetter invited members and partners to work towards an international code of ethics for citizen journalism.. "We urge media practitioners – professional and citizen journalists – collectively to find common ground in efforts to agree on professional standards and codes to guide the practice of journalism.. An international code of ethics for citizen journalism would provide a much needed framework for new voices working to transform societies," they wrote.. According to a story on CPJ's website, "Egyptian journalists, besieged by punitive lawsuits and under threat, agree that under President Mohamed Morsi 'there is no press freedom, only the courage of journalists,' as editor Ibrahim Eissa put it.. CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon writes that during a CPJ mission to Cairo, he asked Egyptian journalists "to define the difference between journalism and activism in a climate in which objectivity is impossible.. Most said it was a useless exercise.. " The full story may be found on CPJ's website.. World Press Freedom Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1993.. WACC's.. "Pathways to digital frontiers: Communication rights and inclusion".. programme aims to strengthen the work of civil society organizations at the national level in the use of citizen journalism to advance the democratic participation and active citizenship of marginalized peoples and communities.. Under the programme, WACC will from time to time be seeking projects in countries of the Global South that build on citizen journalism using digital media platforms to advance inclusive information and knowledge societies that reflect the realities facing marginalized people.. In addition to the possibility of financial support, WACC will provide materials and networking in the areas of ethics and Internet rights within the larger framework of communication.. WACC call to take part in UNESCO's Women Make the News campaign.. Viernes 08 de Marzo de 2013 09:05.. In celebration of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) is calling on its members and networks to participate in UNESCO’s Women Make the News campaign.. The theme of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.. ” It aims to strengthen the international community’s commitment to putting an end to violence against women.. As part of a UN-led effort, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s launched the.. UNiTE campaign.. , pressing all governments, civil society, women’s organizations, men, young people, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing this global pandemic.. “There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable,” said Ban Ki-moon.. Many media enterprises have picked up this challenge.. In the United Kingdom,.. The Guardian.. newspaper, a staunch defender of human rights, has today published a.. survey.. of women's voices from around the world addressing the following questions.. What does ending gender-based violence mean to people around the world? As politicians, NGOs, activists and others meet in New York for the UN Commission on the Status of Women, we’ve asked people what they think.. What are you doing to tackle violence and discrimination against women? What can world leaders do? And what needs to be done at the grassroots?.. This year’s IWD theme is related to an initiative being organized to take place in November 2013.. The first.. Global Forum on Media and Gender.. will be organized by UNESCO, UN Women, and media and NGO partners globally.. It will be an important follow-up to one of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, “Women and the Media Diagnosis”, and its strategic objectives.. UNESCO intends to draw attention to the need for global measures, including media partnerships, to follow-up on the gender and media objectives of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.. Meanwhile, the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) believes that any advance in women’s rights requires a parallel advance in communication rights – those basic human rights that invoke spaces and resources in the public sphere for everyone to engage in transparent, informed and democratic debate.. In a Call to Action issued today, WACC is asking its members, partners and networks to share their visions for a global alliance on gender and media, drawing lessons from partnership experiences in media monitoring, critical media literacy, civil society-media dialogues and gender-focused initiatives.. WACC’s General Secretary, Rev.. Karin Achtelstetter said, “Gender justice and gender equality depend upon implementing the communication rights of women at all levels.. Those working in mass and community media, and those using today’s social media, all have a vital role to play.. See WACC’s Call for Action in.. English.. ,.. French.. and.. Spanish.. Communication rights deficit for women persists.. The World Association of Christian Communication's (WACC) ongoing global news media study shows that women are consistently under-represented - findings that connect to ways women are marginalized in society.. Evidence of discrimination, such as violence against women, will be a topic of discussion leading up to the 57th session of the U.. Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), taking place in New York from 4 to 15 March, 2013, said WACC Programme Manager Dr Sarah Macharia.. Macharia spoke on the topic "Communication rights and gender" at a workshop presented at a conference titled "Communication Rights for All – Communication rights and media," held at the University of Erlangen, Germany, 7-8 February.. She noted that she has been invited "to participate in an online discussion themed 'transforming social norms to prevent violence against women and girls' and that the findings will be presented at the U.. on 4 March at an event co-organized by the OECD Development Centre and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.. She also noted that the World Development Report 2012 on gender equality and development found "persistent gender disparities" in "economic activity, earnings, house and care work responsibility, asset ownership and constraints to women's agency in both the private and public spheres.. Más artículos.. Communication, dialogue will be themes at WCC Assembly workshops.. ARTICLE 19 highlights persecution of artists worldwide.. Keep gender issues at the forefront, urges Media & Gender Monitor.. Seeking new global partnerships for sustainable development.. Inicio.. Anterior.. Siguiente.. Fin.. JPAGE_CURRENT_OF_TOTAL.. La WACC promueve la comunicación como un derecho humano básico, esencial para la dignidad de las personas y para las comunidades.. The World Association for Christian Communication is a UK Registered Charity (number 296073) and a Company registered in England and Wales (number 2082273) with its Registered Office at 71 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX..

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    Descriptive info: Accueil.. À propos de la WACC.. Vision et Mission.. Plan Stratégique.. Plan du site.. Les jalons historiques.. Programme.. Soutien de projet par la WACC : Comment faire une demande?.. Renforcer la radio communautaire.. Monitorage des reportages sur la pauvreté rurale.. Genre et communication.. Voies aux frontières numériques.. Thèmes.. Congrès.. Publications.. Régions.. Salle de presse.. Adhésion.. [Connexion].. Lire la suite.. Écrit par  ...   Mars 2013 09:05.. Plus d'articles.. Début.. Préc.. Suivant.. La WACC favorise la communication comme droit humain de base, essentielle à la dignité des individus et à la communauté.. The World Association for Christian Communication is a UK Registered Charity (number 296073) and a Company registered in England and Wales (number 2082273) with its Registered Office at 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4ST..

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  • Title: Citizen journalism has a bright future
    Descriptive info: Citizen journalism is often referred to as “user-generated content” (UGC), a term criticised for vaguely referring to any kind of unsourced or unauthenticated information that finds its way into mainstream media content.. Nevertheless, in 2007 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its report “Participative web: user-generated content” did identify certain characteristics of UGC.. * UGC should be published online in some context “be it on a publicly accessible website or on a page on a social networking site only accessible to a select group of people (i.. e.. fellow university students).. This is a useful way to exclude email, bilateral instant messages and the like.. * UGC should involve a certain amount of effort that was put into creating the work or adapting existing works to construct a new one; i.. users must add their own value to the work.. The creative effort behind UGC often also has a collaborative element to it, as is the case with websites which users can edit collaboratively.. * UGC should generally be devised outside of professional routines and practices.. It often does not have an institutional or a commercial market context.. Motivating factors include: connecting with peers, achieving a certain level of fame, notoriety, or prestige, and the desire to express oneself.. Click.. for source document.. Editorial responsibility and liability.. So far, so good.. Yet important questions of editorial responsibility and liability come into play and they are not so easy to resolve.. They include defamation, hate speech, privacy, data protection and image rights, and copyright.. In the context of news production, a range of values and issues must be added: objectivity, impartiality, truthfulness, transparency, reliability, ethical standards and protection of sources.. Professional journalists are, of course, trained to cover both sides of a story and to avoid bias in what they are communicating.. Citizen journalists do not ordinarily have this training and may well have an axe to grind – potentially making their reports unreliable, whether consciously or not.. Professional journalists are also trained to understand libel law and what can and cannot be said or published.. In today’s 24/7 news cycles, rumours risk becoming front page news in seconds via unsubstantiated user-generated content such as blogs and tweets.. Then there is the thorny issue of copyright.. Lots of news sites now actively encourage the uploading of pictures, video and text to give added perspective to news and features.. Guardianwitness.. offers the chance to contribute to live news and other content through a smartphone app.. Content is vetted before making it onto the site, but.. gets an unconditional, worldwide licence to use it as it sees fit.. Media ownership and control is all about power.. This is why dictatorships and governments intent on launching attacks on so-called “rogue nations” have always tried to censor media content and rein in press freedom..  ...   governments attempt to balance security needs with the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and privacy.. The training also covered efforts around the world to increase government transparency and access to information.. Finally, participants learned best practices for protecting their own digital safety, including how to assess their threat model and level of risk, and what tools they might use to improve their safety online.. Source document is.. Elsewhere in the Middle East, “Supporting Citizen Journalism in Egypt” is a new project co-sponsored by the Regional Office of the.. Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty.. (FNRF) in Cairo in cooperation with.. Egyptian Organization for Human Rights.. (EOHR) and the support of the.. Rights & Democracy.. organization of Canada.. This project aims at strengthening citizen journalism by training bloggers (and those who aspire to become bloggers) and providing them with important and state of the art information.. It also intends to establish and strengthen cooperation between journalists working in the traditional media and bloggers.. A manual on blogging called “Express Yourself and Be Free” will be produced.. It will provide Egyptian citizens with a practical guide on how to blog effectively, creatively and safely.. The manual will be authored by Egypt’s most prominent bloggers and experts in the field.. The right to blog.. Recently, the international human rights organisation Article 19 published a set of recommendations to state actors and policy makers about what they should do to promote and protect the rights of bloggers domestically and internationally.. It also gives practical advice to bloggers about their rights and explains how - and in what situations - they can invoke some of the privileges and defences that traditional journalists have found vital to the integrity of their work.. “The Right to Blog” argues that it is no longer appropriate to define journalism and journalists by reference to some recognised body of training, or affiliation with a news entity or professional body.. On the contrary, ARTICLE 19 believes that the definition of journalism should be functional, i.. journalism is an activity that can be exercised by anyone.. Accordingly, it argues that international human rights law must protect bloggers just as it protects journalists.. The policy paper therefore addresses the key areas that bloggers are likely to face, that is: licensing, real-name registration (vs.. anonymity), accreditation, the protection of sources, protection from violence, legal liability and ethical responsibility and suggests ways for them to be addressed.. Citizen journalism and user-generated content have a bright future.. They help affirm the centrality of communication – including mass, community and social media – to strengthening human dignity and to promoting democratic values.. In particular, they restore voice and visibility to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in a spirit of solidarity and social justice.. Add this page to your favorite Social Networking websites.. Comments.. Please login to post comments or replies..

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  • Title: Seeking new global partnerships for sustainable development
    Descriptive info: Written by Philip Lee, Deputy-Director of Programs.. Monday, 03 June 2013 11:38.. Leave No One Behind.. “The next development agenda must ensure that in the future neither income nor gender, nor ethnicity, nor disability, nor geography, will determine whether people live or die, whether a mother can give birth safely, or whether her child has a fair chance in life.. We must keep faith with the promise of the MDGs and now finish the job.. The MDGs aspired to halve poverty.. After 2015 we should aspire to put an end to hunger and extreme poverty as well as addressing poverty in all its other forms.. This is a major new commitment to everyone on the planet who feels marginalised or excluded, and to the neediest and most vulnerable people, to make sure their concerns are addressed and that they can enjoy their human rights.. Put Sustainable Development at the Core.. “For twenty years, the international community has aspired to integrate the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability, but no country has yet achieved patterns of consumption and production that could sustain global prosperity in the coming decades.. A new agenda will need to set out the core elements of sustainable lifestyles that can work for all.. Transform Economies for Jobs and Inclusive Growth.. “The Panel calls for a quantum leap forward in economic opportunities and a profound economic transformation to end extreme poverty and improve livelihoods.. There must be a commitment to rapid, equitable growth – not growth at any cost or just short-term spurts in growth,  ...   their lives are development outcomes as well as enablers.. So we are calling for a fundamental shift – to recognise peace and good governance as core elements of well-being, not an optional extra.. Forge a new Global Partnership.. “A fifth, but perhaps most important, transformative shift for the post-2015 agenda is to bring a new sense of global partnership into national and international politics.. This must provide a fresh vision and framework, based on our common humanity and the principles established at Rio.. Included among those principles: universality, equity, sustainability, solidarity, human rights, the right to development and responsibilities shared in accordance with capabilities.. The partnership should capture, and will depend on, a spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit.. While asserting that civil society organisations can play a vital role in giving a voice to people living in poverty, the Report gives short shrift to the vital role played by communications and the media.. Placing people at the centre of the new global partnership, the Report acknowledges that, “they need the freedom to voice their views and participate in the decisions that affect their lives without fear.. They need access to information and to an independent media.. ” But that’s as good as it gets.. Clearly civil society organizations need a concerted plan of action with regard to communicating the views of women, children, people with disabilities, indigenous and local communities and members of other marginalized groups if they are not to be “left behind”.. WACC has the answer: “Communication rights for all.. Access the report (PDF) here..

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  • Title: Why the Arab world needs community radio as protesters seek a better world
    Descriptive info: There are historic reasons for this anti-radio policy.. As radio was experiencing its golden age, the post-colonial Arab world witnessed repeated revolutions and coups in which a military general typically took over the national radio station along with the presidential palace.. Communiqué number one announcing the new ruler was usually broadcast over the radio waves and all other organs of government quickly fell in line.. Naturally these same military dictators  ...   protect it from challenges to their power.. In the Arab world, the buildings that housed radio stations, and later television stations, often came to be the most heavily guarded pieces of real estate in the entire country.. Media outlets effectively were turned into military installations with multiple passes and body searches required for entrance.. To read the rest of this article, click.. It was originally published in Arab Media & Society..

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  • Title: Nigeria project encourages female leadership in church groups
    Descriptive info: For instance, the women’s week of the Goodwill Baptist Church focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission.. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the issue and share a list of facilities where services are offered in Lagos State.. The Methodist Church in Mushin held a sensitization for 100 teenagers on basic facts about HIV and AIDS, addressing myths and misconceptions and stigma and discrimination while The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) organised a youth outreach at a viewing centre where young people were invited to watch a major football tournament.. The youth leaders used the opportunity of periods before the start of the match as well as the half time to highlight key  ...   Participants' expressions of referring to persons living with HIV as victims was corrected and appropriate non stigmatising terminologies introduced.. Twenty-seven participants were trained to communicate about HIV and AIDS and the role of the church in addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination.. The project contributed to more open discussions and mobilizing of members to address HIV in the churches targeted.. Female leaders, married men from the counselling team from five localities in Lagos church and female journalists were trained in communication skills and strategies to reduce stigma, discrimination and denial.. Aside from direct beneficiaries, about 2,117 people were reached with information on HIV and related issues from the step down activities and outreaches..

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  • Title: Communication rights deficit for women persists
    Descriptive info: What are the elements at the core of inequality, violence and other gender-based in justices?.. "Social norms," Macharia said, in other words, "practices, attitudes, behaviours, modes of reasoning that are institutionalized in our everyday lives, our understanding of … what is acceptable and what isn't.. Social norms are constituent components of culture, "which is linked to communication in intimate and complex ways," she said.. Communication content that presents hypermasculine or hyperfeminine views contributes to a logic "that accepts skewed gender power relations and the resultant injustices as natural, normal and beyond reproach.. WACC's Global Media Monitoring Project has studied women's representation in the news media every five years since 1995, Macharia pointed out.. The 2010 study found that only 24% of the people heard or read about in print, radio and television news are female, with 76% being male.. "This is a significant improvement from 1995 when only 17% of the people in the news were  ...   identified by their family status four times more than male news subjects, Macharia said.. In addition, 46% of stories reinforce gender stereotypes and just 6% challenge them.. However, progress has been made in all regions, with Latin America deserving special mention for leading with the highest percentage of stories that challenge stereotypes (13%) "after a quadruple increase since 2005," she said.. "To the extent that media are a conduit and shaper of culture, media also hold the power to construct alternative social norms in which women in particular thrive free of discrimination and the stereotypes that limit their abilities and restrain the possibilities available to them," Macharia said.. But research shows a "serious communication rights deficit for women," she noted.. "Asking questions about dominance and subordination, exclusion and marginality, who sets the agenda, who is allowed to participate in discourse and who is silenced, is a first step towards recognizing our possibilities for engagement," she concluded..

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    Descriptive info: À la recherche du temps perdu au sein des organisations ecclésiastiques.. Monday, 04 March 2013 13:45.. Dans le cadre d’un numéro de la revue trimestrielle.. Unité des Chrétiens.. dédié au thème « Des chrétiennes en œcuménisme », un article dont des phrases piquent la curiosité.. Nouvelle révolution ou réflexion qui fait défaut depuis longtemps ?.. En brossant le portrait de quelques pionnières de l’œcuménisme spirituel, doctrinal ou diaconal de toutes confessions, ce numéro de la revue reconnait aussi que « la place des femmes dans l’Église reste un point difficile dans les débats interconfessionnels.. ».. Ainsi l’article écrit par Karin Achtelstetter, secrétaire-générale de l’Association mondiale pour la communication chrétienne (World Association for Christian Communication – connue par son sigle anglais WACC), et publié sous le titre « À la recherche d’une table ronde.. Femmes et hommes en œcuménisme.. Elle attire l’attention en provoquant une réponse machinale qui demande de la vraie introspection : « Dans le monde œcuménique, la plupart des femmes semblaient apparaître puis disparaître, comme si elles étaient interchangeables, alors qu’un grand nombre d’hommes semblaient irremplaçables.. Qui saurait répondre sans dissimuler ? Et puis : « Comment, dans l’organisation où je travaille, aborder les questions relatives à l’égalité des femmes, à leur marginalisation, aux discriminations qu’elles subissent ? Que faire pour qu’une organisation dirigée par des femmes soit prise au sérieux dans une Église où les hommes dominent? ».. Achtelstetter plaide qu’il est temps de chercher de nouveaux modèles de leadership au sein des organisations ecclésiastiques internationales, tant confessionnelles qu’œcuméniques, pour permettre aux femmes et aux hommes de mettre en commun leurs dons au sein de ces mouvements, non seulement aux niveaux intermédiaires, mais aussi à leur tête, rendant ainsi justice à la beauté de la diversité, et à son potentiel.. Et pour cela il faut de la vraie communication ! « Je suis encore à la recherche d’une « table ronde » au sein de l’Église et du mouvement œcuménique, une table autour de laquelle les femmes auraient une place ou elles pourraient raconter l’histoire de l’action transformatrice de Dieu dans leur vie et dans leurs organisations ; une table à laquelle femmes et hommes prendraient place ensemble, en générant de nouvelles formes de gouvernance.. Malheureusement seulement en langue française, l’article est.. reproduit ici.. pour le rendre mieux connu.. La revue intégrale (No.. 169 – Janvier 2013) est disponible chez This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ethics and cooperation underlie sustainable development.. Written by Philip Lee, WACC Deputy-Director of Programs.. Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:26.. The third Global Ethics Forum conference in the series “Seeds for Successful Transformation – The Value of Values in Responsible Business” (GEF 2012) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, 28-30 June 2012.. It came just one week after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 – with its focus on green economy, poverty eradication and building an institutional framework for sustainable development.. GEF 2012 brought together decision-makers and experts from the private, public, academic and civil society sectors to discuss win-win solutions for business, society and the environment.. Some 240 participants from around the world took part in two days of plenary presentations and workshops addressing the need to find credible and common values on which to base fundamental transformations in the economy, business, politics, and civil society.. New resources on climate adaptation strategies.. Friday, 23 March 2012 09:30.. With climate change and climate justice high on the global agenda, many development agencies have long been focusing on adaptation strategies.. Sharing information and knowledge both nationally and inter-regionally is crucial, especially in regions prone to flooding and drought and where it is urgent to address food security.. The European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT), an interactive web-based tool on adaptation to climate change, went online today at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen.. The European Climate Adaptation Platform is a publicly accessible,.. web-based platform.. designed to support policy-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels in the development of climate change adaptation measures and policies.. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), has been preparing a series of reports discussing opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT) to help individuals and communities adapt to water scarcity as a result of climate change.. WACC spotlights Internet obstacles and challenges.. By Philip Lee, WACC Deputy-Director of Programs.. WACC’s latest.. No-nonsense guide.. asks what restrictions, if any, should be placed on the Internet.. As a church-related organization working for communication rights, WACC seeks ethical guidelines for digital media platforms.. The Internet is a vital part of today’s communications scene.. But it is under threat from governments intent on stifling freedom of expression and from global corporations intent on levying high charges for access.. Internet activists challenge content regulation.. By Ali Symons, Senior Editor, Anglican Church of Canada and.. Executive Member.. of WACC-North America.. Activists may  ...   Away from HIV?.. Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA).. Press Release, 11 April 2011.. UNITED NATIONS -- Representatives of faith-based advocacy and humanitarian groups participating in an 8 April hearing at the United Nations (UN) on the HIV pandemic said the meeting highlighted progress that had been made but also revealed serious challenges ahead.. Efforts by faith groups and others will have to be particularly focused and intense in the weeks leading up to a high-level 8-10 June meeting at the UN that will assess progress and set new targets in the global response to HIV and AIDS.. Thinking and communicating outside the box.. Religion Communicators Council (RCC) 2011.. By Philip Lee, WACC Deputy-Director of Programmes.. The National Convention of the Religion Communicators Council took place in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, 31 March to 2 April 2011 on the theme “.. Communicating Outside the Box.. ”.. As a curtain-raiser to the Convention, WACC Global and WACC North America joined forces to screen.. The Garden at the End of the World.. , a documentary by Australian film-maker Gary Caganoff and winner of the WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2010.. The film portrays the lives of those hardest hit by the consequences of war in Afghanistan – widows and orphans, who number tens of thousands.. It follows two women, Afghan refugee Mahboba Rawi and internationally recognised permaculturalist Rosemary Morrow, who offer alternative views on how to solve the problems facing the country.. Will Public Service Broadcasting survive?.. What is the future for the Public Broadcasting Service in the USA?.. Compiled by María Teresa Aveggio, Programme Manager, Communication Rights Programme, WACC.. Almost a month ago the US House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the institution responsible for distributing federal funds that support over a thousand local public broadcasting stations.. Created by the 1967 Public Broadcasting Act, the CPB is a non-profit corporation funded by the US Federal Government to promote public broadcasting in the country.. By 1969 the CPB started what is now known as the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).. A year later, the CPB formed the National Public Radio (NPR) a network of public radio stations across the country.. Image source:.. VoxPublica.. Communication for peace: a task for faith communities.. A presentation by Rev.. Karin Achtelstetter, the General Secretary of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) during the 5th Commission meeting of the Interfaith Action for Peace (IFAPA) held in Mombasa, Kenya, 11th-14th March 2011.. Inspired by Christian faith, members and partners of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) promote communication for social change, believing communication to be a basic human right.. Where this is denied, human society as a whole is impoverished.. At global, regional, and local levels, WACC supports media diversity and equal and affordable access to communication and information resources.. We do so by means of advocacy, education, training, and the creation and sharing of knowledge.. We know that we are not alone in this quest.. Therefore, we work with faith-based and secular partners, giving preference to the needs of the poor, marginalised and dispossessed.. Rev.. Karin Achtelstetter (2nd left- standing) with participants of the 5th Commission meeting of.. IFAPA, In Mombasa, Kenya (Photo by Kristy Bergman ).. Guatemala: Media monopoly squeezes out alternative voices.. “Controlling information is taking away people's right to information, something that is fundamental for real democracy to exist”.. (Gonzalo Marroquín, Guatemalan journalist and President of Inter American Press Association).. Over the past 30 years, information and communication technologies in Guatemala have evolved significantly, but media monopoly has remained unchanged.. “One thing that has stayed the same is the concentration of media ownership in a very few hands,” says.. Dennis Smith.. , President of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), in a recent interview in Guatemala City.. Dennis Smith, President, WACC and Evelyn Blanck, Executive Director, Centro Civitas.. “Walking with us and feeling what we feel”.. The struggle against feminicide in Guatemala.. Killing a woman simply because she is a woman is a tragic phenomenon, unfathomable and beyond imagination.. But this is a reality faced by hundreds of women in Guatemala and other countries in Central America.. More than 4,500 women have been killed since the year 2000 in Guatemala alone.. The majority of the victims were between the ages of 16 and 30, according to the latest publication by CEDEPCA (Centro Evangélico de Estudios Pastorales en Centro América) a partner network of WACC (World Association for Christian Communication).. About 700 women were killed in 2010, as feminicide continues to take its toll.. Participants of the WACC-CEDEPCA workshops on feminicide.. Ethics and cooperation underlie sustainable development.. New resources on climate adaptation strategies.. WACC spotlights Internet obstacles and challenges.. Internet activists challenge content regulation.. Hype or Hope? The impact of digital media on journalism and development.. Media freedom requires political change and regulatory reform.. Bossey summer school students share their experiences.. Page 2 of 5..

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    Descriptive info: HIV- AIDS stigma: The Story of Adwoa.. By Joyce Larko, Christian Council of Ghana.. Adwoa Amina (not her real name) is a beautiful young woman who works as a sales person for an organization in the Ga West Municipality, in Ghana.. Adwoa’s fiancé suddenly died after a series of health complications.. Soon after his demise, Adwoa started losing weight and suffered from one sickness to the other.. She was later diagnosed HIV positive.. In her attempt to avoid the stigmatization that is associated with most persons living with HIV/AIDS in her community, she decided not to disclose her status to anyone.. Her health deteriorated.. Her family took her to a prayer camp to seek spiritual help.. But she did not get better despite a series of “spiritual cleansing”.. Human rights and communication rights: a necessary alliance.. By María Teresa Aveggio, Programme Manager.. As part of its work on communication for social change, WACC has supported some 79 projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America under its programme.. Building and Recognising Communication Rights.. since 2007.. The concept of communication rights is a new one and partners and funders frequently ask what are communication rights?.. For a long time now many groups and organisations, as well as individuals, have been working on the idea that communication rights are fundamental to the democratisation of society since they “strengthen the capacity of people and communities to use communication and media to pursue their goals in the economic, political, social and cultural spheres.. They support key human rights that collectively enhance people’s capacity to communicate in their own general interest and for the common good.. ” (.. No-Nonsense guide to communication rights http://www.. centreforcommunicationrights.. org/.. WACC partner attends 'Climate of Peace' conference.. Written by Abjata Khalid.. Wednesday, 03 November 2010 13:53.. The Norwegian Peace Council in cooperation with the International Peace Bureau organized a conference called ‘A Climate of Peace’ which took place in Oslo, 23-26 September 2010.. The aim was to strengthen alliances and partnerships between Nordic and international peace-building groups, to discuss disarmament for development, and conflict prevention.. The Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network (PAJAN) – a WACC partner – took part in the conference and the following feature was written by its Network Chair, Abjata Khalif.. Full feature article.. Peace Fair calls for action on women, peace and security.. A multimedia Peace Fair marking the 10th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 took place in New York, 25-29 October 2010.. Representatives of several organizations from around the world gathered to highlight the contributions of women’s groups and others towards implementing UNSCR 1325.. The Peace Fair included panel discussions on the role of female peacekeepers in conflict situations, women in peace negotiations, and how women worldwide are making and building peace.. Films and documentaries were screened, and a small book fair offered publications focusing on different aspects of gender and peace.. Informar no es comunicar.. Written by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron.. Thursday, 07 October 2010 08:42.. Hay quienes no ven aún con claridad los rasgos que distinguen a un periodista de un comunicador.. Sin embargo es tan simple como transitar por una calle en un solo sentido y por otra en dos sentidos.. Los medios de comunicación masiva no existen, son una mentira.. Ya lo escribió Antonio Pasquali en 1963 y más recientemente lo han repetido hasta el cansancio Dominique Wolton (1) y Eduardo Vizer, entre otros.. Pero por algún motivo, en la jerga común seguimos hablando de “medios de comunicación” en lugar de usar las palabras que se ajustan más a su naturaleza real: medios de difusión o medios de información (aunque algunos dirán que desinforman, en lugar de informar).. Political power, technology and mass media.. W.. hat role for New Information and Communication Technologies?.. Introduction by María Teresa Aveggio, Programme Manager, WACC.. A great deal of emphasis has been put into convincing the world that new information and communication technologies represent a great step towards a more equal world.. These new technologies, we are told, will democratise societies  ...   be found in the complicity between the private sector (such as companies and involved in logging and mining) and local authorities.. UN sets dates for civil society input to MDGs Summit.. Thursday, 22 April 2010 11:41.. Following a proposal by the UN Secretary-General, the General Assembly has decided to convene an Millennium Development Goald (MDG) summit (High-level Plenary Meeting) on 20-22 September, with the primary objective to accelerate progress towards all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.. Radio Atipiri: Frontlining the messages of indigenous communities.. Launched in 2006 in Urbanización Atipiris, an outlying development attached to the city of El Alto in Bolivia, Radio Atipiri is a project of the Center for Education and Communication for Indigenous Communities and Peoples (CECOPI).. With one 3-kilowatt radio transmitter, the station broadcasts on 840 AM Monday through Saturday.. CECOPI, through Radio Atipiri, coordinates a wide range of capacity building workshops and activities.. Its aim is to democratise communication by frontlining the voices and messages of members of indigenous communities - especially women.. Cell Phones: Tools for Social Justice.. By Marilyn Mahan.. Many of us carry cell phones, some for everyday use and others in case of an emergency.. We might run out of gas or forget the grocery list.. In Haiti, Frances Gilles used his cell to tell his family exactly where he was trapped.. Dan Woolley had a first-aid application on his phone.. He used it to treat his wounds until rescuers arrived.. Another person trapped in the rubble was rescued thanks to a text message.. Experts determined his location by tracing the source of the message.. What a tragedy it would have been had these callers received busy signals.. However, immediate response by several NGOs (non-governmental organizations) reduced that likelihood.. Within an hour of the quake, the International Telecommunication Union had arranged to have additional satellite channels allocated to Haiti.. Special Rapporteurs Define Ten Key Challenges to Freedom of Expression in the Next Decade.. To mark their tenth year of collaboration, the four rapporteurs on free expression issued a joint declaration last week outlining the ten main challenges to free expression in the next decade.. WACC supports the initiative which was organised by ARTICLE 19 and the Centre for Law and Democracy.. The statement emphasises the critical role of freedom of expression, including diversity and pluralism, as an "essential tool" to defend other rights and "as a core element of democracy.. " It also acknowledges the tremendous power of the Internet as a mechanism for "realising the right to freedom of expression and information.. Community radio stations obliterated, off the air in Haiti.. By Jean Roland Chery/CPJ Haiti consultant.. Source:.. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).. More than two weeks after earthquake that devastated Haiti, several community radio stations are still off the air.. In the western and southeastern parts of the country, at least 16 stations are facing serious problems that have suspended their broadcasts, Sony Esteus, executive director of SAKS, a local organization of community radio stations, told CPJ.. The earthquake obliterated SAKS’ office in the Bourdon neighborhood, east of Port-au-Prince.. Women sell fruit in Jacmel, where Radio Fondwa was completely destroyed along with much of the city’s downtown.. (AP).. HAITI: Sending Hope over the Airwaves.. By Ansel Herz,.. IPS (Interpress Service).. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 25, 2010 (IPS) - Throughout the earthquake's aftermath, the voices of many Port-Au-Prince radio stations have been loud and clear.. Radio Solidarite 88.. 5 FM is one of the outlets to survive the tremors.. It resumed broadcasts from its small studio, at the top of a two-storey building in the city's centre, once the staff found some gas for their generator just two days after the quake.. The radio hooked up outside the reporter's moto driver's house.. (Credit:Ansel Herz/IPS).. Human rights and communication rights: a necessary alliance.. WACC partner attends 'Climate of Peace' conference.. Peace Fair calls for action on women, peace and security.. Informar no es comunicar.. Political power, technology and mass media.. Communication rights of people with disabilities.. Page 3 of 5..

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