Jeddah (IINA) � Manama, capital of Bahrain, will host a regional workshop on ways to highlight the role of women in society and correct stereotypes of women in the media on October 4-5. The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is organizing the event in cooperation with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and Bahrain National Commission for Education, Science and Culture.
Ms. Maha Akeel, director of the OIC Information Department, said in a statement that the workshop is being organized in the wake of growing challenges posed by the spread of stereotypes of women in local and international media. It also arises from awareness of the discourse on the image of women caused by the breach of the professional and ethical code on how to deal positively with women, and utilizing of women in most cases as a marketing tool and as a means to attract consumers.
The workshop is expected to have the participation of representatives of governmental sectors, civil society organizations concerned with women’s affairs and representatives of different media outlets specialized in the follow-up of women issues from many Arab countries, namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon and Palestine.
Working sessions will discuss the OIC Women Media Observatory project, women empowerment in the media from the OIC viewpoint, and stereotypes on women in Arab media: features and threats. They will also present Arab experiences in the promotion of the role of women in society and their presence in the media, in addition to deliberations on the best practices to empower Arab women in media institutions.
The Workshop aims to analyze the features of stereotypes on women in Arab media and benefit from Arab success stories in the area of promoting the role of women in society and correcting stereotypes in the media by exchanging experiences and planning joint Arab action mechanisms. Participants will also examine ways to promote the contribution of Arab media professionals in activating the OIC Media Observatory on women in member states, and attaining the goals of ISESCO’s programs and activities for women in Islamic countries.
In this context, Akeel indicated that the OIC is keen on supporting international efforts aimed at advancing the causes of women. The General Secretariat has therefore started the project of the OIC Observatory on Women in member states in the absence of reports monitoring the progress made in the area of women’s work in member states in the media or as a subject of the news. The objective is to integrate more member states in the UN Global Media Monitoring Project and therefore reinforce the position of Islamic countries as supporters of women.
Earlier, the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers, held in Jeddah in December 2016adopted a resolution on women empowerment in and through the media. The resolution, inter alia, established the OIC Women Media Observatory.
Source: International Islamic News Agency