International Women's Day 2015

The PIWA will organise a round table on the theme “the media and the challenge of women’s rights”.

For International Women’s Day, the Panos Institute West Africa and ARTICLE 19 have organised a round table entitled “The media and the challenge of women’s rights” this Thursday 5 March 2015, à Dakar.

The aim of this round table is to bring together development partners, female journalists, media officials and media support organisations to discuss the role of the media in the promotion of gender equality.

It will enable an evaluation of actors mobilised by the institution of a “Media for Women” prize in West Africa, as a way of

-          Reinforcing the visibility of women in the press.

-          Encouraging balanced and diverse media content on women.

This round table will take the form of interactive discussions in the format of a talk show, between invited guests. This presentation format will also facilitate contributions from other guests in the room.

Discussions will focus on the various themes presented by resource people from the world and feminism and the media.

Panel 1: Invisible women, but development actors: Do “development partners” set the example within their institutions? What do they do to achieve equity, including in the media in the sector?

Panel 2: Where are women in the media and what does the media do for women? Is sexism within the journalistic profession a reality? Gender policies within the media: an unattainable ideal?  Editorial policies and content diversity: where are the good examples?

Panel 3: Rewarding media that stands out positively: How? Presentation of the prize – Panos Institute West Africa and ARTICLE 19. How to reward? What interest do stakeholders have in supporting such an initiative? What should be rewarded through this prize? Who should be members of this jury?

The following resource people are expected to attend: Astou Mbene, TFM; Marie Pierre Raky-Chaupin, Coordinator of the Senegal programme, UN Women; Karolina Stasiak, Chargé d'Affaires, political adviser to the EU Delegation in Senegal; Caroline Ouaffo Wafang, regional gender adviser for West Africa HCDH Bureau West Africa; Idrissa Ouedraogo, regional gender adviser –FNUAP; Diatou Cisse, former secretary general of the SYNPICS; Boury Sock, journalist, APS; Mohamed Gueye, journalist, Le Quotidien; Hawa BA, Senegal Country Programme Officer, OSIWA; Tidiane Kasse, journalist, trainer; Mame Less Camara, Journalist, and President of the CORED Tribunal; Fatoumata Bernadette Sonko, CESTI; Marie Pierre Raky Chaupin, Coordinator of the Senegal programme, UN Women.