Pre-Global African Diaspora Summit event: Media Colloquium

19 May 2012 

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation will host a Media and Communications Colloquium on Monday, 21 May 2012 in Pretoria entitled “Telling the African Story: Presenting the Continent to the World”.

The Colloquium is part of a series of Pre-Summit events in the run-up to the Global African Diaspora Summit, scheduled for 23-26 May 2012.

The Colloquium will discuss and debate a variety of current issues affecting the Continent and map a way forward on how to contribute to telling the African story of excellence, innovation, survival and progress.

Members of the Media are invited as follows:

Date    : Monday, 21 May 2012
Time   : 08h00
Venue : Department of International Relations and Cooperation, OR Tambo Building
            460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria

Programme:

Programme Director: Mr Onkgopotse Tabane 08:00 – 08:30: Registration 08:30 – 08:35: Opening and Acknowledgements: Mr Onkgopotse Tabane 08:35 – 08:50: Opening Remarks: Department of International Relations and
Cooperation 08:50 – 09:10: Delivery of Paper: Prof Tawana Kupe 09:10 – 09:40: Panel Debate: Makhudu Sefara, Mandy Rossouw, Tshilidzi Ratshitanga,Koffi Kouakou 09:40 – 10:25:  Breakfast 10:25 – 11:00: Panel Debate: Tsepiso Makwetla, Charles Nqakula,
                       Pippa Green, Clayson Monyela 11:00 – 11:20: Discussion 11:20 – 11:30: Closing Remarks

WORKSHOP 1: Media ownership & transformation

Facilitator: Tsepiso Makwetla
12:00- 12:10:             Welcome Address

12:10-12:25:              Presentation - Media Ownership

12:25-12:40:              Presentation - Media Transformation

12:40-12:55:              Presentation - Media Economics

12:55-13:20:              Open discussion

13:20-13:30:              Closing remarks

WORKSHOP 2: Citizen Journalism

Facilitator: Tsepiso Makwetla

12:00- 12:10:             Welcome Address 12:10-12:25:              Presentation - Media Ownership 12:25-12:40:              Presentation - Media Transformation 12:40-12:55:              Presentation - Media Economics 12:55-13:20:              Open discussion 13:20-13:30:              Closing remarks

Enquiries: Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078 or 012 351 1105

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

Marking the International Women’s Day at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 8, 2016, which is being celebrated across the world, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, indicated in her address that International Women’s Day is a call to action.

Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

“I therefore call on all of Africa to implement at least two high-impact actions in 2016 that support gender equality and women’s empowerment in furtherance of Agenda 2063”. she said.

Dr Dlamini Zumaalso averred that there have been unprecedented progress chalked by the commission in pushing for the Gender Agenda in Africa and that access to education has increased for girls at all levels; governments in many countries are taking steps to protect women and girls from violence, including by adopting new laws; and many countries have put in place legislation to promote women’s rights including access to land.

She further noted that “This year, being the African Union Year of Human Rights with a specific focus on the rights of women, provides yet another opportunity to celebrate African women, while also highlighting issues of concern, such as persistent gender inequalities that hinder women from fully enjoying their human rights.”

The AU Chair also said there was more to do to bridge the gap between men and women since both African women and men of goodwill need to dismantle the gender barriers and ensure that African women’s potentials are realized.

“As you know, women are key contributors to global economies and play a critical role in the development of their societies. Without the equal and effective participation of women in all spheres of socio-political and economic life, the vision of agenda 2063 might not be realised,” she said.

The event was held at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and organised by the Directorate of Women, Gender and Development of the AU Commission, under the theme: ‘Agenda 2063: A Pledge for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment’.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

 

 

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