Media Literacy

Ecuador: Under the microscope

Kick_Off-WS_3_2014_Johanna_Schfer About 40% of Ecuadorians belong to one of 14 recognized native ethnic groups. However, this ethnic diversity is not represented in the media, which are mostly located in urban centres and are dominated by commercial interests. Therefore, national media in general and radio stations in particular mainly deal with topics affecting the urban population of the country, thereby neglecting issues concerning indigenous groups in their broadcasts. Read more ›
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Guatemala: Knowing the past helps shaping the future

The project “Knowing the past helps shaping the future” facilitates public dialogue in order to encourage justice and reconciliation. Local NGOs conduct thematic events in different locations around the country. They invite young and old to participate in memorial walks, drama workshops, film screenings and talks with contemporary witnesses. Read more ›
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Guatemala: Mensaje Joven – Youth Reporters

youth reporters Guatemala The project helped young people from Guatemala City’s poorest districts to set up a website focusing on life in their own neighbourhoods and on human rights issues. Raising young people’s awareness of their rights and responsibilities has proven to prevent conflict and violence. Read more ›
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Rwanda: Promoting media reform

youth summit The project promotes freedom of expression and supports the media reform process in Rwanda. Particular assistance is provided to the newly established Rwanda Media Commission (RMC). Read more ›
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South Africa: #EKSE! My Voice, My Safety

Young woman speaking up in discussion on crime prevention Violence and crime are serious problems in South-African society. Young people are considered either the perpetrators or victims of violence, but also hold the key to creating safer communities. Read more ›
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Uganda: Let´s Talk About It!

Youth reporters Uganda The project helps young people in Uganda to express their opinions on human rights issues on the radio. At the same time, it supports activities organised by parliamentarians and journalists to improve Uganda’s media legislation. Read more ›
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The media landscape in most countries is dominated by mainstream media who tend to neglect topics concerning minorities and who are not eager to engage in debates on the challenges faced by marginalized groups. Traditional as well as new and social media, however, provide multiple opportunities for those groups to attract public attention to their concerns. Strengthening the media skills of disadvantaged groups and civil society thus gives those actors a voice and helps to discuss and find solutions to the problems in their communities.

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