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MDI Seeking Experienced International Development Experts PDF Print

Application Deadline: 31 October 2018

Location: Various

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The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is looking for experienced international development experts to join our team of consultants for the European Commission (EC) Framework Contracts projects. MDI is seeking experts for short-term assignments on various locations.

MDI is one of the selected providers for EC Framework Contracts in 2018-2022. We are seeking experts who can be mobilised at short notice to run individual assignments defined by specific contracts in countries where the Commission has external aid programmes. This work will include support and advice across the entire cycle of programme operations (from design to implementation and evaluation of EU interventions).

 
Invisible Children: Children’s Media, Diversity and Forced Migration PDF Print

Date: 14 September 2018

Country: UK, London

15089979007_6d374862cf_bKing’s College London and the University of Westminster are hosting a symposium on September 14th, titled “Invisible Children: Children’s Media, Diversity and Forced Migration”. MDI’s executive director Milica Pesic will be chairing one of the sessions at the symposium. The session, named “Diversity in Children’s Screen Content: Why it Matters”, will explore the advances and setbacks in representation of diversity in children’s content. The panellists include practitioners and diversity advocated from organisations such as the International Broadcasting Trust and BBC Children.

 
Crazy Rich Asians: An Appropriate Cast PDF Print

Published: 28 August 2018

Country: USA

By Eline Jeanne

crazy_rich_asians_1The film Crazy Rich Asians is set not only to break the box office, but to break the absence of Asian casts in Hollywood movies. The film, which has been described as a “contemporary Asian story”, is the first Hollywood film in 25 years to cast a predominantly Asian-American cast. The last film to have accomplished this was Joy Luck Club, which premiered in 1993. Crazy Rich Asians is therefore long overdue.

 
Boris Johnson's Degrading Article about the Burka PDF Print

Published: 7 August 2018

Country: UK

By Eline Jeanne

BoJoArticleBoris Johnson, the UK’s former foreign secretary, wrote a piece for the Telegraph about Denmark’s recent burka ban, and whether we should adopt the same laws in the UK. Upon reading the title of the piece, which claims that Demark has “got it wrong”, you might be cautiously optimistic. Maybe this piece will show a different side to Boris – you start to think – a side that is willing to listen to Muslim women and recognise the burka ban as demeaning and oppressive. Sadly, this is not the case. The piece spreads degrading messages about women who choose the wear the niqab and the burka, and compares women who wear these Muslim garments as looking like letter boxes and bank robbers.

 
MDI at the First World Religious Freedom Ministerial PDF Print

Dates: 24-26 July 2018

Country: USA, Washington DC

Religious_Ministerial_1Welcoming more than 350 guests from 80 countries, the US State Department International Religious Freedom, Ambassador Sam Brownback, set the tone of the event: “Religious Freedom is your own right to believe in whatever you want to believe in or nothing at all. That’s your own right and your Government should not interfere with it.”

The 3-day event brought together government officials, religious leaders and organisations specialised in religious freedom issues or diversity in general “to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all.” The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Executive Director and a Trustee of MDI USA Milica Pesic was invited to participate as the representative of both organisations developing and implementing projects with the focus on religious intolerance in the media and in public sphere. Religiously diverse audience in Washington - Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’is, Yazidis and others – was urged by Ambassador Brownback to go beyond mere tolerance of religious differences.

 
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