Featured projects from among hundreds of Internews initiatives to increase gender equality in media and technology:
Globally, only 24% of people heard, seen or read about in the news are women. This gender gap is widest in news about politics and government, where women are featured in just 16% of political news. The United for News coalition launches Reflect Reality, a digital manual to help newsrooms include more authoritative female and diverse voices in their stories. Led by Internews in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, United for News’ Reflect Reality incorporates proven strategies and lessons learned from two dozen organizations around the world working to address this disparity.
East Africa – SAFE Sisters:
The Safe Sisters Fellowship is a joint initiative of Internews and Defend Defenders to address the growing threats women in East Africa face on the internet, including harassment and hate speech. Training, mentorship and advice guide tech-savvy women in East Africa to become digital safety trainers in their own communities. The new trainers have funding support to share their expertise back home, helping women and girls stay safe online.
Iraq – Women’s Voices:
Internews’ “Women’s Voices” is working to challenge societal attitudes that stigmatize survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Iraq. Women’s rights activists and journalists in Iraq rarely work together. Internews is connecting these groups for the first time, to learn from each other and help shed light on sensitive issues with reporting and advocacy.
Central African Republic – Women-led Radio:
A network of women’s rights organizations in CAR manage the first women-led radio station in the Central African Republic, a station that is also interfaith, operated by Muslim and Christian women as a powerful example of peacebuilding. SEWA FM, based in Bangui’s PK5 neighborhood, was launched in September 2017 with support from Internews as part of a four-year project in CAR. The station maintains continual broadcasting from one of the more dangerous neighborhoods in the area around controversial but critical topics, such as women in democracy, prevention of violence against women, and peacebuilding initiatives.
Ukraine – Girl Power:
“Girl Power: Little Stories of Big Acts,” is an inspirational children’s book which tells the stories of successful Ukrainian women who overcame hardships, including those caused by conflict and displacement, to make their communities healthier, safer and stronger. The book shows women in non-stereotypical roles, such as IT entrepreneurs, mathematicians, doctors, and soldiers, and is designed to promote gender equality and inspire those who have suffered and been displaced due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Five thousand copies of the book, created by Internews in partnership with Knygolove Publishing House, were disseminated for free to conflict-affected families. It is part of Internews’ 25-year commitment to media and women’s voices in Ukraine.