Global Forum for Media and Gender - declared commitment to the fundamental human rights
We the delegates to the First Global Forum on Media and Gender…declare our commitment to the fundamental human rights enshrined… gender equality in and through media, the empowerment of women,” the declaration said announcing the creation of a Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMG).
The statement also reaffirms the outcome of the 1995 Beijing Declaration, saying that the media has a crucial role to play in promoting women’s full participation in every aspect of life and society.
Participations also decided that UNESCO and UN Women as well as UN family and all partner organizations to join The Global Alliance on Media and Gender, and contribute to the implementation of its Framework and Action plan.
“We also call on all who can assist the Global Alliance on Media and Gender to join us in supporting women in accessing the opportunities and benefits which the knowledge society and media technologies are bringing to humankind today and which can do so even more in the future.”
The full of statement will be website on Unesco next week.
A number of plenary and parallel sessions were held on the last day of the event on issues including ‘Social diversity and media, gender-sensitivity of media regulations and laws and women journalists on the frontline.
The first Global Forum on Media and Gender was organized by UNESCO, UN Women, and media and NGO partners globally from 2 to 4 December 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The key objective of the Forum will be to form a Global Alliance for Media and Gender. The Forum will foster debate, provide training, encourage the sharing of experiences and host a high level session, which will be informed by the consensus of all stakeholders, and which will design the Global Alliance for the “Women and Media Follow-up” of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.