Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Journalists Reporting on Gender and Human Rights Issues

Cover: Speak Up, Speak Out: Human Rights Reporting Toolkit
Friday, March 2, 2012

Respect for the rights of women and girls worldwide continues to lag behind that for the rights of men. Domestic and sexual violence, exploitation in the workforce, human trafficking and many other human rights abuses disproportionately affect women and girls. Although 187 nations have acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), many have stipulated that they do not consider themselves bound by certain provisions.

Speak Up, Speak Out (Full version)

This toolkit is both a human rights reference guide and a workbook for journalists and civic activists who want to improve their ability to report on human rights issues in a fair, accurate, and sensitive way.

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Regions in Transition: Protecting Human Rights

The IHRFG conference will take place in San Francisco, CA January 24-25

About IHRFG Conferences

IHRFG’s conferences are an opportunity for participating grantmakers to hear and engage with leading human rights practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and peers on timely human rights issues. These events serve as learning and networking forums that promote the exchange of information and collaboration among grantmakers.

Practicioners Focus on Media Law in the Middle East

Participants in the media law meeting
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

(July 5, 2011) Internews’ Global Human Rights Program and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, brought together Egyptian, Jordanian, and Tunisian media professionals and legal experts to the Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary to discuss the future of media institutions and the current state of media law and policy and regulatory frameworks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Internews Media Policy Fellows Selected for 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

They will be participating in the two-week summer school, starting July 4 and organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP). The annual Summer Institute brings together young scholars and regulators to discuss important recent trends in technology, international politics and development and its influence on media policy.

Citizen Journalists Use Online Video to Investigate Human Rights Issues in Indonesia

screenshot from video
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tety Rahmawati Nasuntion is a 28-year-old human rights activist who works for Balai Syura Banda Aceh, an organisation that advocates for women’s rights. Tety was one of twelve participants in a two-week training conducted by Internews in Aceh, Indonesia, in partnership with a Jakarta-based nonprofit, OnTrackMedia Indonesia (OTMI).

Mariane Pearl — The Challenge of Hope

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Currently based in Paris, Mariane Pearl reports on women working for social change as well as culture, science, immigration, and politics. Her book about the murder of her husband, A Mighty Heart, was made into a critically acclaimed film last year starring Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl. In June, Pearl received a 2008 Internews Media Leadership Award for her dedication to international reporting and commitment to spreading a global message of hope. She recently served on the international jury for the Internews Every Human Has Rights Awards, organized in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Kalaivani Saravani — Shattering Ethnic Prejudices in Sri Lanka Through Communication

Kalaivani Saravani at the computer
Friday, June 20, 2008

This happened when she was selected to participate as a trainee radio producer in a weeklong Internews cross-production workshop in early May that brought together 15, mostly young, Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim journalists to cover stories that affect the lives of local communities.

Kalaivani, who grew up in the troubled Batticaloa district in Sri Lanka’s east coast, related, “In 1994, there was heavy fighting in my village in Batticaloa between the Sri Lankan armed forces and Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels. My father was killed by the Sri Lankan army and my mother went missing.’’

Sara Farid — Reaching Women through Radio

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

When Sara Farid started working with Internews on the women’s radio program, Meri Awaz Suno (“Hear My Voice”) in August 2003, she hadn’t had any experience working with radio. Now she says she has "a great passion for radio." She joined the team as a reporter/producer, then worked her way up to senior producer and then to executive producer of Meri Awaz Suno.

In 2005, Farid participated in a six-day Internews training program on reporting about HIV/AIDS. Following the course, she made a documentary focusing on the life of Shukria Gul, a woman from Lahore who is living with HIV and working to educate others about AIDS.