WOMEN IN MEDIA

Kweeta is dedicated to working with partners to offer platforms and solutions that enhance women’s voices online and through offline media spaces. We also focus on enhancing  understanding of women’s representation in the media and its role in overcoming existing hurdles for women. We offer media training for women, training for journalists on coverage of  women’s rights and create to platforms to improve women misrepresentation as well as media monitoring.

The media landscape in Uganda remains largely dominated by traditional channels including television, newspaper and radio which reaches the most urban and rural Ugandans. In the last five years however, the use of social media has risen with more Ugandans using these platforms to express themselves and hold debates that would not have otherwise happened on traditional mass media.

Media plays a crucial role in shaping  opinion, shining a spotlight on specific and prompting  social change. While current media actors strive to portray women positively, as politically, economically and socially involved,a gap remains in the way women are covered nationally and regionally. Women’s rights  are often reported as the concern of women’s groups and not a national issue affecting all members of  society. Coverage of subjects such as gender-based violence including domestic and sexual violence leaves a lot to be desired. Sexism also often goes unchallenged on traditional media channels and online.

Media spaces that feature women’s voices frequently perpetuate existing stereotypes and gender inequality in newsrooms is reflected in the content produced.There is a small number of women in management positions in newsrooms, hosting talk shows or serving as sources .

Consequently, women have embraced new media such as blogs, facebook groups and web-based forums to express themselves and tell their stories. Nevertheless women’s online engagement is still lower than their male counterparts. Women’s participation in online media is also hampered by increasing instances of online harassment and violence against women is increasing in Uganda and the regional with many young women being victims of revenge pornography.

SHE MATTERS UGANDA

With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Uganda, Kweeta under the SheMatters Uganda Project partnered with Mon pi Mon to host periodic mini-lecture series on gender and media in Uganda. The inaugural dialogues on women in the media in Uganda was held on 24th November 2016.  The series of dialogues look into the coverage of women in Ugandan media and issues affecting women working in the media.

At the first meeting, we assessed the environment in which women work in the Ugandan media. Women working in the media shared insights and experiences in gender-reporting and gendered reporting, opportunities, and challenges. Held in a semi-formal setting, these mini-lectures provide a platform through which gender reporting and gendered reporting can be discussed with various industry actors and citizens. Media works as a bridge for different ideas as well as shape public opinion or further cement long held notions which have an impact on the struggle to achieve gender equality.

Do you ever a story or a tweet that regurgitates gender stereotypes or one that goes beyond and above to challenge these stereotypes? You can tag @Amthe51Percent

Are you in media and would like to take part in the next dialogue or share an idea, please email: shemattersuganda@gmail.com

SDG5

Kweeta supports the empowerment of women through communications. We use various communications strategies including storytelling and online spaces to amplify voices of women and girls challenging the status quo, preventing violence and also actions supporting survivors of violence. Kweeta has  worked with various organisations in eastern Africa to communicate the role and work of women in peacebuilding,political participation, electoral process, agriculture as well as women and girls in conflict settings. SDG 5 aims to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere as well as eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres.

Her Net Rights

Her Net Rights is a project of Kweeta Uganda. It was birthed out of the need to empower women protect themselves online and to promote meaningful access, influence policy that affect women online.

Out of 9 women in Africa have access to the Internet – According to the World Wide Web foundation Scorecard, The Uganda Communications Commission found that only 6% of women are online. Affordability is a major reason for low Internet uptake in Uganda. For many, Internet is a luxury they cannot afford. This is because women continue to bear the brunt of poverty in Africa. Yet ICTs are fundamental in achieving SDG 1 and SDG5.

According to a joint statement from Special Session of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development too few of the world’s citizens are connected to the Internet, and even fewer have meaningful access.

For the few that are connected, online spaces are a new frontier for African women to freely express themselves. According to the World Wide Web Foundation score card, the women that were surveyed in 10 countries said they value the Internet as a safe space to access information and share ideas of any kind, and express themselves without fear.

These women have to confront challenges of Violence against women online manifested in cyber bullying, ‘revenge porn’, and body shaming misogyny and patriarchal tendencies.

A recent report by Deutsche Welle (DW) shows that many women journalists and bloggers in Uganda and Kenya are experiencing harassment on the internet. “Sexist comments, stalking or leaked photos can cause problems for female media professionals, both on and offline.” Sexism by most male social media users goes unchallenged hence stifles women’s voices.
Many young vocal women online have been victims of revenge porn by ex-lovers or people that hack into their computers to expose their private information that they feed to the tabloids or use as blackmail.

Her Net Rights provides information about privacy and safety to women online, promote meaningful access by empowering women to use their online spaces as a tool for transformation, influence policies that affect women online through campaigns and advocacy and Curate stories and blogs making headlines on women’s internet rights