Request for submissions - - Euro-Mediterranean region

CfP: Incorporating the gender perspective into communication and journalism

05.02.2021 / Created by (EMWF)

UniTWIN online workshop - Incorporating the gender perspective in the teaching of communication and journalism in the Euro-Mediterranean region for people teaching in higher education including PhD students 

This workshop responds to the need identified by UNESCO, as well as the universities that make up the UniTWIN Network of Universities in Gender, Media and ICTs, to encourage new generations of journalists and media professionals, including those working on digital platforms, to develop a gender-sensitive perspective so that they can incorporate this dimension in their professional work. This ambition aligns well with and supports UNESCO’s overall gender mainstreaming strategy. The objective of the workshop is to provide university teachers and PhD students in media, journalism and communication with the tools to enable them to incorporate a gender-sensitive perspective in their teaching and learning. It also aims to provide educators from Europe and Africa with access to a number of online resources - in particular the UniTWIN Syllabi ‘Gender, Media and ICT. New approaches for research, education and training’ - and to share experiences and good practices, so as to foster educational partnership and promote gender equality in media and journalism education, bridging European and African academic communities.

The workshop is also conceived as an opportunity to partner with NGOS that operate in areas of international cooperation around freedom of expression and communication rights with a focus on gender aspects (FOJO Institute and Free Press Unlimited). Furthermore, the workshop will run in parallel with a similar initiative coordinated by the Permanent Conference of Public Broadcasters in the Mediterranean (COPEAM) in the context of the Council of Europe’s North South Center, which will address the same issues through a series of seminars aimed at journalists and NGO members from the Mediterranean region. Finally, follow up activities are being planned at international conferences like the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR, July 2021) and the European Consortium for Communication Research and Education (ECREA, September 2021).

It is clear that the media, including via digital platforms, can play a key role both in reproducing gender inequalities and in promoting equality between women and men, thus supporting democratic developments. Therefore, this initiative can directly contribute to the achievement of Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action, as well as the Sustainable Development Agenda, Goal 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and Goal 16.10 "Public access to information and fundamental freedoms."

WHAT: The workshop “Incorporating The Gender Perspective In The Teaching Of Communication & Journalism In The EuroMediterranean Region” is a participative international training action, open to interested educators and free of charge.

WHERE: Online.

WHO: It is open to higher education personnel: 1) educators; 2) teachers; 3) PhD students in media, communication, journalism from European (Council of Europe Member States) and African countries.

HOW: Sessions will be mostly of a conversational/highly interactive nature, with the goal of exchanging practices and sharing ideas on how to use research and available resources to develop thematic modules, including different formats and activities.

WHY: It aims to 1) engage more university educators in teaching gender and share practices and 2) expand their networks of collaboration on gender-related issues.

Organization of the training

  • Venues: three online synchronous sessions through Zoom platform; ongoing asynchronous access to Moodle platform (February - March 2021)
  • Duration: 3 hrs per session
  • Coordination: University of Padova in collaboration with UniTWIN members from Europe and Africa
  • Languages: English proficiency is required, but other languages (French, Spanish, Arabic…) are welcome as relevant for group activities (note: a good level of written and spoken English is mandatory)
  • A final certificate will be delivered to the participants upon completion of the programme

Structure of the training

The training will be offered ONLINE, and is composed of three afternoon sessions: February 17, March 2 and March 16.


Interested people must fill in this Google form.

Deadline for registration: February 14, 2021.

Contact for information:

Participants are expected to engage in the whole training process.

For more information on the sessions and the registration, click on the attached file. 


  • Type : Request for submissions
  • Deadline : 14/02/2021
  • Promoter : The International UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Gender, Media and ICTs


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