Call for Applications – Support for media organisations in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire
Are you an Ivorian or Ghanaian media? Does your media seek to offer more gender-sensitive content and implement structural changes? The Equal Voices project offers a series of training sessions on editorial practices supporting gender equality for journalists, as well as a peer-to-peer programme for media managers that will help them implement good organisational practices.
The Canal France International (CFI) in partnership with Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is implementing a project titled “Equal voices” to support gender equality in the media and also promote, through media, a better representation of women, as experts and agents of change.
Equal Voices’ main objective is combatting gender inequalities and stereotypes and promoting women at all levels of responsibility in Ivorian and Ghanaian societies through gender aware and sensitive media.
More specifically, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of male and female media professionals to promote, through their managerial and editorial policies and practices, a better and more balanced gender representation.
This objective of the project is aligned with the framework of the SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), specifically Goal 5 aiming to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”
8 media organisations (4 in Ghana and 4 in Côte d’Ivoire):8 media managers from the 8 selected media organisations (one manager per media: an editorial manager or a person exercising management or HR functions) participating in the peer-to-peer programme16 journalists from the 8 selected media organisations (two journalists per media) participating in trainings.
Peer-to-peer programme for selected media managersThis will involve peer-to-peer sessions and regional exchange sessions for the media managers selected from the eight (8) media organisations (4 in Ghana and 4 in Côte d’Ivoire).
The sessions will provide the platform for media managers to identify challenges and opportunities in terms of gender equality in their media organisations, set goals and put in place the tools and actions to achieve these goals.The sessions will also focus on developing tools and actions for implementing agreed goals and objectives that relate to their internally discussed and agreed orientations.The peer-to-peer and regional exchange approach hinges on learning through the sharing of experiences and good practices.Selected media managers will participate in three separate workshops, launch and closing conference for the project as follows:Project Launch: September 2023 in Accra, GhanaPeer-to-peer I: September 2023 in Accra, Ghana (1 days)Peer-to-peer II: Beginning of 2024 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (2 days)Peer-to-peer III: Beginning of 2025 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (1 day)Project Closing conference: 2025
Coaching and Mentorship for Media ManagersDuring the programme, and between workshops, the media managers will count on the support of the mentors through four sessions of online coaching per media organisation. Those mentors will use their experience and knowledge to guide the managers towards the accomplishment of their goals.
Capacity building for selected journalists16 journalists selected from the 8 media organisations (2 per media organisation) will participate in gender equality related trainings. The journalists will be divided by country.Women’s empowerment training:Building and improving the capacity of the 16 selected journalists on the concepts, theories and underpinnings of gender, women’s rights and women’s empowerment; the indicators; challenges and critical trends – international and national as well as the media’s role in promoting women’s empowerment.
Selected journalists will participate in workshops as follows:4-day training of 8 Journalists in Ghana4-day of 8 Journalists in Cote d’Ivoire2-day follow-up training Ghana2-day follow-up training in Cote d’IvoireGender sensitive Journalism training:Building and improving the capacity of selected journalists on the concepts, theories and underpinnings of gender and women’s rights; the notion of Gender and empowerment; representation of women in media and gender stereotypes; the critical trends and issues; the importance of gender sensitive reporting and the practice of producing media content in a way which is sensitive to gender inequalities and portrays women and men fairly.Selected journalists will participate in workshops as follows:5-day Training of 8 Journalists in Ghana5-day Training of 8 Journalists in Cote d’Ivoire3-day follow up training of Journalists in Ghana3-day follow up training of Journalists in Cote d’IvoireCoaching for story development:The selected journalists will also participate in one-one coaching session for story development (2 days per journalist)
To be eligible, each nomination must consist of one media manager and two journalists.
The Applicants:Must be either a Radio, television, print or online media organisationLocated either in Ghana or Cote d’IvoireHave a politically independent editorial lineHave an editorial staff made up of at least 5 journalistsMedia organisation must have been in existence for at least 3 yearsThe media organisation must be willing and committed to appoint two journalists (at least one female) to participate in the training workshops for the duration of the projectThe media manager must be willing to commit to actively participate in the peer-to-peer workshops. His or her presence at each of the three workshops, at the project launch seminar and closing conference and his or her active involvement in the implementation of an internal project is essential.