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Getting in step in southern Africa

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October 17th, 2010

Close on the heels of the global, regional and national reports emerging from the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) 2010, released worldwide on 29 September, comes the Gender and Media Progress Study (GMPS) - Southern Africa, which follows up on the Gender and Media Baseline Study (GMBS) conducted in the region in 2003.

The GMPS report was released on 15 October at a gala evening event on the closing day of the 4th Gender and Media Summit held in Johannesburg, during which gender and media awards were also presented to several journalists and a couple of media houses.

The Summit ended with a strongly worded statement decrying gutter journalism (exemplified by two recent cases of highly irresponsible and unethical reporting brought to the attention of participants) and urging the region’s media to “get in step” with the Africa-wide march to gender equality.

Another interesting publication was launched at the Summit: the Gender in Media Education (GIME), an audit of gender in journalism & media education and training in southern Africa.

More details about the three-day Summit, convened by Gender Links (GL), the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) and the Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA) Network, including the daily newsletter and the concluding statement, are available here.

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