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Online report: ‘Making women count’

Women’s voices are essential to the development of societies. Although gender concerns have been part of development programs for almost 40 years, equality and female empowerment are often an afterthought when programs are designed.

A new report, available free to download in PDF format, argues that the media needs to do more to promote gender integration. The report offers a historical and contemporary perspective on key policies, research and approaches to gender integration.

The report considers these issues through in-depth interviews with Internews staff and leading stakeholders, including representatives of, among others, the United States Agency for International Development, the Open Society Foundation, and the World Bank.

Issues discussed include: gender integration, gender equality, and how these terms apply to media development. Examples of media development programs that have helped advance gender equality are highlighted, and the report discusses priority gender goals for media-related work.

The report is available to download through this link: http://www.internews.org/sites/default/files/resources/Internews_MakingWomenCount2013-03.pdf

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