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Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) Debates

The Global Forum on Media and Gender held in Bangkok from 2 to 4 December 2013 marked the beginning of a global movement committed in promoting gender equality in and through the media. The Global Alliance for Media and Gender (GAMAG) is envisaged as a...

The Global Forum on Media and Gender held in Bangkok from 2 to 4 December 2013 marked the beginning of a global movement committed in promoting gender equality in and through the media. The Global Alliance for Media and Gender (GAMAG) is envisaged as a multi-stakeholder group of partners agreeing to combine efforts, and resources.

It will articulate a systematic follow-up to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,Women and the Media Diagnosis, and its strategic objectives:

  • Strategic objective J.1: Increase the participation and access of women to expression and decision-making in and through the media and new technologies of communication.
  • Strategic objective J.2: Promote a balanced and non-stereotyped portrayal of women in the media.

The Framework and Action Plan for the GAMAG is accessible through this link.

There have been elections for members of International Steering Committee (ISC) and ISC Executive Committee that would lead GAMAG’s work. The list of International Steering Committee members can be found through this link.

There are still a number of urgent next steps ahead of us. To this end, the GAMAG ISC meeting in Geneva (4-6 November) was committed, and its follow-up process is ongoing, to achieve the follow outcomes:

  1. Discuss and agree on the inner workings of GAMAG, including review and finalize the draft terms of reference for the GAMAG ISC;
  2. Review the GAMAG Framework and Action Plan and prepare realistic work plan for the next two years;
  3. Discuss and plan for GAMAG’s input to the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the review of the BDPA (Beijing+20) in March 2015;
  4. Discuss and plan for GAMAG’s input to the Anniversary Celebration of the Beijing Declaration during the United General Assembly in September 2015;
  5. Identify existing national, regional and international gender and media initiatives that could be magnifies through GAMAG; strategize a process towards achieving this goal;
  6. Present and discuss around UNESCO’s ongoing initiatives in connection with GAMAG: gender and media university network, global survey with governments, the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media, and Women Make the New etc.    

We must move rapidly to operationalize the ISC so that we can plan for the anniversary of the Beijing Declaration during the UN General Assembly meeting in September and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting in March.

All partners of the Alliance are invited to join the discussion on these topics. Your contribution is crucial so join the debate now and let you voice be heard -   create an account through this link: http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/register/ or  gfmediagender@unesco.org requesting that an invitation be sent to you. You will need to accept the invitation and create username and password.

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