Body of Knowledge

Women and Media for Social Change
Communications Initiatives Worldwide
by Sharon Hackett (Ed.)

Advances in technology over the past two decades have brought information to the most isolated regions. Media convergence allows the dissemination of the same news in various forms (print, radio, television, Internet). But the gross of the information that is disseminated across the planet is commercial and standardized, designed to maximize investor's profits and insensitive to social justice and equity. Women across the world, concerned with the impact of media on their lives, insisted in 1995 that the United Nations make media a critical area of concern. This book gives an overview of the progress made in the media landscape in the six years that followed the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and highlights the obstacles encountered by women in each world region. Faced with media that makes so little place for them, women have developed strategies to produce information that is balanced and representative, to claim their place and to present new voices and new images: a newspaper in Haiti, multimedia books for rural African women, a feminist press agency in Mexico, community radio in East Timor, interactive television in France, journalist networks in the Middle East, an Internet network for peace in Macedonia"¦ This book is a journey through the world of women's accomplishments in the field of media, accomplishments that point the way to making information accessible. This book is also published on line at

Publication Type: Anthology / Edited Book: 154 pages
Publisher: Les éditions du remue-ménage and WomenAction 2000 (2001)
Location: Montreal, Canada
Language: English
ISBN: 2-89091-189-6

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