April 10 2021: Putting Women Leaders in Headlines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
This week’s highlights
- JHR helps put women leaders into headlines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- World Press Freedom Canada’s podcast on harmful communication on social media platforms
- JHR and Hot Docs co-present ‘SIEGED: THE PRESS VS. DENIALISM’
- An interview with 2019/2020 Fisher Fellow Nancy Emefa
- Apply Now to the Media Girlfriends Fellowships
Photo Credit: JHR DRC
On January 27, 2021, the Congolese National Assembly voted to dissolve the government led by former Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba. In February, president Felix Tshisekedi appointed a new prime minister, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde. A month since his appointment, the prime minister has yet to announce his cabinet. The current government restructuring process presents an ideal opportunity to engage on increased female representation in the upcoming government. Only 17% of the recently dissolved government members were females, although the Congolese constitution guarantees gender parity in government.
The round table’s overall objective was to assess women’s representation in the public and private sectors and to discuss strategies to ensure gender parity is respected in the upcoming government. During the session, female MPs committed to engaging fellow MPs and influential figures such as the first lady to improve women’s representation in the new government. They also committed to initiating bills to improve female representation in decision-making positions and counter impunity for SBGV.
JHR intends to keep working with key stakeholders in the DRC to promote gender parity in decision-making in both the private and public sectors.
Photo Credit: World Press Freedom Canada
Many Canadians get their news from the internet and navigate through a web that is polluted with disinformation and misinformation. What’s the impact of this on the people tasked with cutting through the noise? How do we get to the real facts?
JHR is thrilled to co-present SIEGED: THE PRESS VS. DENIALISM from April 29 – May 9, at North America’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs, taking place online this year due to public health restrictions.
The film looks at the way Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has used the covid-19 pandemic to attack the press, and how this undermined efforts to ensure Brazilians had the necessary public health information they needed to stay safe. The film’s synopsis:
As Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll soars, President Bolsonaro unleashes a relentless media campaign of misinformation, undermining the efforts of journalists desperate to inform a nation during the darkest months of the pandemic.
Nancy Emefa Dzradosi
2019/2020 recipient of the Fisher Fellow, Nancy Emefa Dzradosi, is a Ghanaian journalist who specializes in field reporting, anchoring and production. Her works focus on Human rights and the Environment. Nancy currently leads Joy FM and Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Clean Ghana Campaign. In 2018 and 2019, her stories on abandoned lepers and a mentally pregnant woman reignited national conversation on social exclusion. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and linguistics from the University of Ghana. She lives in Accra, Ghana.
Journalism students: Apply for a new $10,000 CAD Media Girlfriends scholarship for Black high school students pursuing journalism at a post-secondary institution in Canada, and/or one of two $10,000 CAD Media Girlfriends scholarships for women/trans/non-binary students pursuing journalism, communications, media or tech. Deadline is April 30, 2021. More information, including how to apply, is at https://www.mediagirlfriends.
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