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Friday, July 29 • 16:00 - 17:30
Women’s Right to communicate and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) LIMITED

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In 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals. These represent a new paradigm on development and the opportunity to build a new narrative where equality as a moral imperative is larger than the sum of its parts (Gurumurthy, 2015). These 17 SDGs will guide global human development policies for the next 15 years.
Human rights are relevant for SDGs; however, the human right to communicate was marginalised from this agenda, both as a foundational right and as a condition for the existence of crucial rights that, together, ensure citizens’ public participation. The focus of this panel specifically addresses the absence of issues related to the gender dimension of the right to communicate from the SDGs, which raises the question of how will patriarchy be dismantled without intervention into the problems inherent in gender inequalities in the area of media and ICTs.
The IAMCR supported the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) advocacy actions towards influencing the SDGs. In March 2015, we came together at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women to make a strong call to the UN for inclusion of gender equality and media within the SDGs. The SDGs were approved and none of GAMAG’s suggestions were taken on board. The process to define indicators and targets is still open. Currently we are trying to influence the SDGs and GAMAG processes by presenting specific proposals for gathering research which establishes the importance of considering gender equality and media beyond the status of a footnote to the 17 identified SDGs.
The goal of this session is to analyze different dimensions of this process for women to reach equality in all aspects of media and ICTs, and, in particular, due to the centrality of media to globalization processes, to confirm the necessity for inclusion of gender equality in and through the media as key to realizing the SDGs within the next 15 years and more.


Anita Gurumurthy

Anita is a founding member and executive director of IT for Change, an India-based NGO that works at the intersection of development and digital technologies. The organisational vision on social justice in the network society draws upon Southern critiques of mainstream development... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 16:00 - 17:30 BST
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