In late 2022, CFI published a study on gender equality in the media and media content in sub-Saharan Africa. It reveals that many women working in the media industry experience discrimination and violence. Often under-represented in positions of responsibility, they must fight to assert themselves.
In light of these findings, the Equal Voices project aims to combat gender inequalities and stereotypes in the media of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. It encourages managers of media outlets to promote better representation of women, in both their managerial practices and their editorial policies.
It is jointly implemented by CFI and the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).
- 8 directors and 32 journalists from 8 media outlets (4 from Ghana and 4 from Côte d’Ivoire)
- 16 female journalists from other media outlets or independent media outlets
- Representatives of self-regulatory bodies, professional organisations and training bodies from these countries.
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Improved gender mainstreaming within media outlets
- Regional project launch event in Accra;
- Peer-to-peer workshops for 8 media outlet managers (4 from Ghana and 4 from Côte d’Ivoire) and personalised support through mentoring;
- Consultation workshops strengthening the dialogue between media organisations and other stakeholders in the empowerment of women in Côte d’Ivoire;
- Regional closing conference in Abidjan.
This component is implemented by CFI.
Capacity-building for journalists, empowerment of women and strategic dialogue
- Training of 16 journalists in gender-sensitive journalism in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire;
- Supporting the 16 journalists in the production of gender-sensitive content;
- Personal development training for media professionals in Ghana (Accra) and Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan);
- Conference on the empowerment of female media professionals and the empowerment of women through the media in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire;
- Consultation workshops to strengthen the dialogue between media organisations and other stakeholders in the empowerment of women in Ghana.
This component is implemented by MFWA.