Key Palestinian stakeholders support creation of directory of women experts under EU project

August 17, 2016
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Khabirat, an online directory of women experts being developed by the EU-funded MedMedia project with the aim of strengthening the contribution made by women to media coverage across the Southern Mediterranean Region, secured widespread support in Palestine. The initiative was presented to local stakeholders at a meeting in Ramallah on July 30 and 31.
The initiative was discussed with the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation, the WAFA News Agency, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and the Women Affairs’ Technical Committee.  All four partner organisations expressed support for the initiative and identified internal resources to promote, manage and ensure the tool’s long-term sustainability.
“So much has been done to promote the image of women in the media, with meagre impact,” said Khouloud Assaf, Chief Editor of the WAFA News Agency and the first woman to hold this post. “We owe the public and women who wish to address the media an instrument that enhances their voice, talent and expertise.”
Launched on International Women’s Day 2016, Khabirat – which means female experts in English- aims to establish directories of women experts which can be used by editorial teams in the course of their work. The initiative capitalises on strong national partnerships with a view to forging policies which challenge the traditional image of women on the public stage.
Directories are currently being developed in four pilot countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Palestine.
The EU-funded MedMedia project aims to create an enabling environment for media reforms in the Southern Mediterranean region. It is part of the €17 million EU programme “Media and culture for development in the Southern Mediterranean” which aims at supporting the media and culture reform processes in the region.
MedMedia focuses on media legislation, regulation, programming, strategy and leadership with a view to helping state media fulfil their public service mandate and compete with the commercial sector. It will also work to build public trust by strengthening the media’s role as an independent watchdog and a forum for democratic debate. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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MedMedia project website
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EU Neighbourhood Info Centre – Culture and media


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