"If I Stand Up”: A Documentary on the Political Life of Afghan Women Screened at UNESCO
“If I Stand Up”, a documentary on the political life of women in Afghanistan directed by 21-year old Shekeba Adil, an Afghan camerawoman, was screened at UNESCO on the occasion of International Women’s Day last March.
Guidelines on Election Coverage Published in the framework of a UNESCO Project
In the framework of its project “Strengthening democracy and good governance through media development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” and in the view of up-coming elections in DRC, UNESCO, with the help of Belgian government, puts at the disposal of professional media two publications in French on journalistic coverage during an election period.
Cooperation in Capacity Building for Development
One of the most popular modules in the Multimedia Training Kit, a partnership initiative championed by UNESCO, is proving to be the ICT policy course further developed as part of the CATIA (Catalyzing Access to Technology in Africa) Programme.
More than 500 Projects Seek Support from UNESCO’s Information for All Programme
The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme will meet from 4 to 6 April at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to examine 502 proposals and select those that could be funded under the Information for All Programme, UNESCO’s international information society initiative.
Lebanese Librarians Trained in Use of UNESCO Library Software
Some 20 public libraries from all governorates of Lebanon recently received copies of the UNESCO’s WINISIS software and their staff was trained in its use during a two-day workshop at the UNESCO Office in Beirut.
Community Radio and Local Elections in India… Live!
For the first time during these elections we have realized Namma Dhwani can play such an important role in our lives,” reports Murthy, a shop owner in Budikote, a village of some 6000 people in Karnataka in South India.
Gunsi, Suriname. A Village Comes Alive during Community Multimedia Centre Training Workshop
During the week of 7 to 12 March 2005, 15 villagers of Gunsi, a rural community in Suriname, attended a weeklong training workshop in ICT applications for community development, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with VILCOMM International, the Jamaican training consultants of the project.
Women, Poverty and ICT: Mediating Social Change
Two documentary films on women and ICT are now available online. They were produced in the framework of UNESCO’s pilot project “Putting ICT in the Hands of the Poor”, which examines the information needs of poverty stricken communities in South Asia, with a special focus on gender issues.
Debate on Information Literacy at UNESCO
A debate on "Information literacy”, a basic skill empowering people to benefit fully from the Information Society, will be held on 5 April at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. The one-day debate that is open to Permanent Delegations of UNESCO Members States, is part of the 8th meeting of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme.
Seven Nominations Pre-selected for UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize
Seven out of 36 nominations received from Member States for the first ever UNESCO /Jikji Memory of the World Prize were preliminarily selected by the Bureau of the Memory of the World Programme during its meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 22 March 2005.
UNESCO Supports Journalists Safety Training in Democratic Republic of Congo
50 journalists from the Democratic Republic of Congo and from other countries in the region attended two UNESCO supported training seminars on the security of journalists, which were organized by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) from 27 February to 8 March in Kinshasa and Bukavu.
Developing Radio Archives in Laos and Bangladesh
Workshops aiming at digitizing and preserving sound archives in Asian radio stations at Lao National Radio, Vientiane and Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka, were recently conducted by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) as part of the project “Digitalization of Radio Archives”, that is funded by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
Philippines To Transform State Broadcasting System into Independent Public Broadcasting Service
The quest for a Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) in the Philippines may soon be realized. A multisectoral group met 10 March 2005 at SEAMEO-INNOTECH in Quezon City to plan out strategies in the setting up of the PSB.
Round Table on Journalism in Post-conflict Countries Held in Russian Federation
Journalists and media experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Poland and the Russian Federation, including the Chechen Republic, Dagestan and North Ossetia, met on 13 and 15 March 2005 in Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation, to discuss the condition of the media in countries in post-conflict situations in the former Soviet Union, in particular the Caucasus region and the Chechen Republic.
UNESCO Condemns Murder of Philippines Journalists Romeo Sanchez and Arnulfo Villanueva
The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination of two journalists in the Philippines, Romeo Sanchez and Arnulfo Villanueva and said it was indispensable that those responsible be tried and punished if freedom of expression is to be protected in the country.
Ethnographic Action Research Begins in Mali
UNESCO and OneWorld International have announced a partnership to introduce a participatory evaluation methodology into the francophone Western Africa country of Mali. This project comes within the framework of UNESCO’s Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) scale-up initiative and OneWorld’s Open Knowledge Network (OKN).
The MultiMedia Training Kit Experience in Nigeria
Chinyere Ljomah, founder and project officer of the Youth Repositioning Foundation in Nigeria, came across the MultiMedia Training Kit (MMTK) whilst browsing the UNESCO website. Aided by her background in mass communication, she was inspired to use the training kit in her seminars. “The MMTK was very useful to me in packaging my workshops and seminars and also evaluating the effectiveness of these programmes”, she explained.
Worldwide support to UNESCO’s campaign “Women Make the News”
UNESCO’s online campaign aiming at women’s empowerment and gender equality in the media “Women Make the News” has gained wide support throughout the world. To mark International Women’s Day that was celebrated last week, UNESCO appealed all media to give women editorial responsibility to cast the news on that day.
UNESCO and NECTEC Organize SchoolNet Training Course in Bangkok
The UNESCO Office in Bangkok in partnership with the Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) will bring together SchoolNet teachers, managers, and technical personnel from eight ASEAN countries to a regional training course on the management and administration of the ASEAN SchoolNet.
Afghan Female Journalism Students Broadcast Live On 8 March
Female journalism students from Kabul, Herat and Mazar universities achieved the first students’ outside radio broadcasting in Afghanistan covering the Women’s Day Celebration this week with a portable mixer desk operated at the ceremony’s venue in Kabul.
UNESCO Programme Grants Funding to 51 New Media Projects in Developing Countries
The Bureau of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) granted US$1,050,000 million to 51 media projects in developing countries and countries in transition at its meeting at Headquarters, (March 7 - 9), which was chaired by Torben Krogh from Denmark.
Guide to Rural Telecentres Published in Brazil
A “Guide to Rural Telecentres” (Guia Gemas da Terra de Telecentros Rurais) was recently published by the Brazilian NGO Gemas da Terra. The Guide, that was produced with resources from UNESCO’s Information for All Programme, is aimed at helping Portuguese-speaking communities to establish community multimedia telecentres in rural areas.
Marie Finds her Voice
Marie Ekaney, mother of five and presenter at the local community radio station, enjoys her new status as a star. She knows her work is benefiting other women in the Saharan village of Ingall, Niger.
Director-General Condemns Murder of Magazine Editor Elmar Huseinov in Azerbaijan
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing in Baku (Azerbaijan) of Elmar Huseinov, founder and editor of the Monitor magazine.
Netherlands National Committee for Information for All Programme
The Netherlands has joined the countries that have established National Committees for UNESCO’s Information for All Programme. The Committee is a special working group of the Subcommittee for Culture, Communication and Information of the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO.
Access to Thousands of Archives Through UNESCO Archives Portal
More than 7,500 websites of archives and archival resources all over the world can be accessed through the new version of the “UNESCO Archives Portal”, a directory of websites related to archives and records management, that was launched last week.
Prizes for “Best Educational Portals in Latin America and the Caribbean” Awarded
The website of the "Centro Bibliotecario de Puente Alto" designed by Cristian Maturana (Chile) is the laureate of the UNESCO supported contest for the “Best Educational Portals in Latin America and the Caribbean”, which was organized by the Information Society Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean (INFOLAC).
UNESCO Condemns Murder Of Iraqi Television Journalist Raeda Mohammed Wageh Wazzan
Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, today condemned the murder in Iraq of Raeda Mohammed Wageh Wazzan, a journalist at the regional public television station Iraqiya, voicing outrage at a crime against an innocent person and an unacceptable attack on the basic human right of freedom of expression.
UNESCO Honoured for its Efforts at Defending Press Freedom
UNESCO was honoured, together with other international organizations, with a memorial commemorative shield in recognition of its efforts over the past decades at defending press freedoms, democracy and human rights. The ceremony took place at the opening of the conference on “Media and Good Governance” held in Amman, Jordan, on 14 and 15 February 2005.
Database of the Argentinean Parliamentary Archives developed with UNESCO’s CDS/ISIS
Developed with UNESCO's CDS/ISIS for Windows (WINISIS) software, the database of the Historical Archives of the Argentinean Chamber of Deputies keeps the records of proceedings, which represent the parliamentary history of the country. Started in 1999, the database covers now the period from 1862-1914 and will be extended to 1976.