The IAMCR and GAMAG at CSW59

IAMCR Newsletter | April 2015

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The IAMCR made important contributions to the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) towards the 59th Session of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW59), held in New York, March 2015.

Firstly, IAMCR was involved in the the preparation of a position paper that made a strong call to the UN for media and ICTs to be included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This document includes proposals on goals, targets and indicators on media and ICTs and their gender dimensions.

This paper was a core document for two caucus meetings. First, with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive-Director, UN Women, who supported the GAMAG initiative and recommended the Alliance to work through member states in order to influence both Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and 16 (where there is some reference to media and ICTs) of the SDGs.

Secondly, IAMCR was involved in a meeting with Saniye Gülser Corat, UNESCO Director of the Division for Gender Equality, who extended her support for this initiative.

The paper was also used by GAMAG to make a political statement during the Side Event on Gender and Media and to call for taking the discussion on media and ICTs to the core of the gender equality agenda.

As a result of the Side Event, GAMAG met with a network of women journalists, most of them from Latin America and Spain. They will take part of the Latin America GAMAG chapter that will be launched next May, in the International Forum “Gender, Media, ICTs and Journalism: 20 years after the Beijing Platform for Action”, to be held in Mexico City, May 27-28, 2015. More news about this Forum will be shared soon.

The IAMCR will share the Position Paper that the GAMAG’s International Steering Committee (ISC) has prepared with its members.

Aimée Vega Montiel