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Janto Rössner

MAH workshop tackles gender equality and hate speech against female journalists

Published on 2017-12-01

The third CMFE media literacy workshop part of the Media Against Hate campaign took place at Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik in Hamburg on November 23rd – 24th as a pre-event to the first Conference on Migration and Media Awareness.

A round table discussion on the topic of “Empowerment and protection of women journalists and media makers” opened the media literacy workshop. Birgitte Jallov, Director of Empowerhouse, presented good practices for women’s empowerment through community media with case studies from Mozambique and Lao PDR. Community radios make women’s voices and viewpoints visible, but also need adequate gender policies to address challenges to women’s space and safety. Jane Whyatt showed how the Women’s Reporting point at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is helping women journalists facing gender-based violence, threats, sexual harassment or discrimination. Pamela Moriniere, Head of Communications and Campaigns of the International Federation of Journalists, shared the preliminary results of an IFJ survey indicating that one in two women journalists have suffered sexual harassment, psychological abuse, online trolling and others forms of gender-based violence (GBV) while working. Diane Kemp, Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University, pointed to the lack of diversity in newsrooms as one of the underlying issues and to the need for inclusive training standards in journalism schools.

The second day focused on strategies and skills needed to create hate-free media environments with two parallel workshop sessions facilitated by trainers Aralynn McMane and Anne Wizorek. Journalists, community media producers and NGO representatives from all over Europe exchanged their good practices on prevention of hate speech and discrimination, in particular against women journalists, refugees and migrants.

Workshop participants then joined the Conference on Migration and Media Awareness alongside 200 international participants from civil society, institutions and media. Organized by Refugee Radio Awareness Network, the CMMA2017 focused on the role and responsibilities of media in enabling (or hindering) social empowerment and participation of all citizens in society. Media makers and activists with a refugee or migrant background played a key role in discussion panels, workshops and exhibitions.

Good practices for inclusion and freedom of expression in community media were presented in the opening panel by Prof. Brigitta Busch of the University of Vienna. The explorative study “Spaces of Inclusion – needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media communication and on responses by community media”, commissioned by the Council of Europe to the University of Vienna, will be available later in December at https://www.coe.int/en/web/freedom-expression and https://www.commit.at/.

The CMMA2017 provided a forum where all stakeholders (citizens, policy makers, educators, social workers, activists, bloggers, artists, journalists and representatives of communities) could share their initiatives and strategies for social change.