Published: 18 March 2013
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) has published the Guide on Gender in Media Coverage of Political Transition in the Arab world. The Guide is designed for the media professionals, journalists, editors, bloggers and programme producers and offers ideas for new angles for media coverage of transition and it is available in English, Arabic and French.
This guide produced by Lesley Abdela is a useful practical help for any media covering Arab countries: Syria, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria et al.
Lesley Abdela, an international media relations and gender issues expert, works as the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) trainer. She has contributed to the several MDI training courses and workshops. More recently Abdela has been participating as a MDI trainer in the MDI's two year project ‘Media Evolution: Towards an Inclusive, Responsible & Independent Media in Morocco’, supported by the European Union Delegation, and UK and Swiss Embassies in Rabat.
“Whether you are a journalist, editor or blogger, you play a pivotal role in the world. Specifically, in media coverage of governments, constitutions, elections and violations, you can influence the public’s perception of women’s significance in shaping reforms in society, women’s status as credible leaders and experts in their fields, and women as sources for reliable information and thoughtful opinion.The guide gives practical tips and examples on how to do this by asking two very simple questions: “Where are the women?” and “How will this topic impact women?” – it is written in the introduction of the Gender Guide published by EMHRN.