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EWL participates in gender awareness training of Middle Eastern/North African journalists

[Brussels, 05 July 2011] On Wednesday 29 June, EWL Communications & Media Officer, Leanda Barrington-Leach, participated in a Euromed training seminar on gender and the media in the Mediterranean region. Welcoming 25 journalists from major media outlets in the MENA region as well as a handful of delegates from these countries, the workshops held over three days addressed the image of women in written, online and audio-visual press.

French, Italian and Palestinian experts ran the training sessions, providing journalists with tools for the analysis and shaping of the image of women in the media, as well as a firm basis as regards international legal and political instruments regarding women’s rights.

In light of the uprisings that have taken place over the last months in many of the participating countries and the engagement of the EWL to support women’s organisations in the region and their calls for gender equality (see Emergency Motion adopted by the EWL General Assembly of 18-19 June 2011), the EWL was happy to have the opportunity to actively participate in this meeting, exhange with the participants, and offer its expertise as regards gender stereotyping, including the in the media.

More information is available on the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument website.

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