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New network to promote African women

Thursday 12 May 2016, by SIGNIS

Cape Town, May, 12th, 2016 (AllAfrica). The "Women in Media Network" is a network which aims to achieve better coverage of initiatives led by women and children and of the issues that affect them. It is the brainchild of the civil society trust formed by Graça Machel, the advocate for women’s and children’s rights, former Mozambican cabinet minister and leader of United Nations initiatives on development and the effects of armed conflict on children.

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Graça Machel

Mrs Machel announced the network this week and said: “We need to give more space in media for women to tell their own stories in their own way and to include the views expressed by the children of Africa. I hope that by establishing this network we will motivate other media houses to more equally reflect the ‘Faces and Voices’ of women and children in media."

Initially 30 to 40 women from countries in East, West, Central and Southern Africa will be invited to join the network. The trust said it had identified women "considered to be media influencers in their own right and enjoy a large social and traditional media footprint and legacy..." as inaugural members.

“Women and children’s issues have tended to make headlines more as victims that are helpless, abused and exploited," said Ms Makore, co-chair of the board, "yet women and children have over time been capable of so much more, having overcome many obstacles and excelled in many sectors of the economy and society. Their amazing stories need to find more expression in our media."

Watch Graça Machel launching the network:

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