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The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Gender Links are co-hosting a conference in September 2004 in Johannesburg to discuss the formation of a regional network to promote gender equality in the media.

Running from 12 to 15 September, the Gender and Media Summit will bring together activists, media professionals and policy makers from Southern Africa to devise regional strategies aimed at
correcting gender disparities in the media community and improving coverage of women's issues.
The summit will also showcase best practices in gender and media advocacy and provide networking opportunities for participants from the region and from other countries.

The summit follows the launch of a groundbreaking Gender Links study in 2003 which found that women journalists in 12 Southern African countries accounted for only 20 per cent of published news stories. It also revealed that women represented only 17 per cent of news sources.

Since the launch of the study, MISA and Gender Links have held workshops in the 12 countries covered by the study to develop national action plans with local activists and journalists.

Limited financial support covering travel and accommodation for Southern African participants is available. Gender Links will also assist those who do not receive sponsorship with finding safe and affordable accommodation in Johannesburg.

For more information, contact: Kubi Rama; Tel.: +27 11 622 2877; Fax: +27 11 622 4732; E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

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