About the programme
Women journalists and media workers play an important role to increase the coverage of rights related stories across Asia, and to help ensure that rights related content is reported on. Stories can challenge gender norms and question discriminatory practices that have become a norm in societies. Female investigative journalists and media workers have faced judicial harassment online, including lawsuits, criminal charges, and administrative proceedings in recent years in Asia, and often bear the brunt of government crackdowns on freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms. UN Women Asia Pacific and OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) will support networks of journalists through a joint programme of support. An online course will be co-organized jointly between OHCHR SEARO and UN Women Asia Pacific for journalists and media workers (including bloggers, youtubers, etc.) in Asia. Efforts will be made to engage with youth networks as well as more established journalists, thereby expanding the reach and integrating new interlocutors.
Participants will follow online webinars, which will be organized as interactive modules and will be required to complete all units over the course of 7 to 12 months, including the submission of assignments (written, audiovisual, etc). It will be necessary to achieve a stipulated overall grade to receive a certificate. Certificates will be issued by OHCHR and UN Women. At the end of the programme, the graduates will be sponsored to visit a prominent media outlet and context allowing, in person meeting and field visits.