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Women and mobile phones? Oh so dangerous!

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Author: Richa Singh, originally published August 5 2016 - The market is full of a range of mobile phones making it a commodity which is accessible to even the lower socio-economic sections. You have lucrative recharges, internet packs and other offers which are affordable and also offer you exciting options. To build a social life on the online space, or use it for entertainment and other opportunities is not strictly just the privilege for a few anymore. Mobile phones open the door to mobile internet which opens up the door to multiple possibilities and a sense of freedom which is not so easily available to certain groups of people in the real world.  

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Happy New Year: The SDGs and BIG IDEAS

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Author: Warren Feek, originally posted January 9 2018 - Happy New Year: Do the SDGs need some Big Ideas?

Hi and welcome to 2018 by the Gregorian calendar! 2017 has left the room. Happy New Year. Many thanks for joining and engaging with The Communication Initiative (The CI) network. We are grateful and honoured to have the opportunity to support your hugely important work and provide the platform for others in the network to learn from your experience and analysis.

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Redraw Misogyny to change society's narrative

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Author: Purva Khetrapal, February 3 2018 - Working in the communication team of a human rights organization, it always disappointed us how stories of gender-based violence are reported in media. While sensitization of journalists towards issues related to violence against women has been taken up by few organizations in recent past, are we also paying attention to the images that are used to report stories of such crimes?

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Sexual Harassment at workplace: Not so "sexy"!

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Author: Purva Khetrapal, February 2 2018 - You got your dream job. Your male supervisor takes up the responsibility to mentor you. It starts with comments on your physical appearance. You politely smile through it. It further follows with the unwanted gaze but you continue to avoid it. He asks you out in the name of “building a healthy work relationship” but you turn down his proposal outside the workspace. You are back at work and so is the devil supervisor with a list of areas of improvement emphasizing upon your “poor interpersonal skill” that needs to improve to keep your job going!

 

Indian draft SDG 5 indicators when compared to global ones: One step forward and two steps backward?

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Author: Ranjani K Murthy, February 1 2018 - After framing of global SDGs, many countries have begun to frame country specific ones. India was not one to be left behind, and it has drafted a document “SDG Targets and Proposed Draft National Indicators” (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, 2017). The government had not changed the targets, but some indicators were changed.

On some SDG5 targets there were no differences between global and Indian indicators, like:

  • target 5.1 “End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere”;
  • target 5.4 “Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work”; and
  • target 5.b “Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women”.

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Does External Communications crawl over C4D terrain? Well, Yes, in my experience

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Author: Veena, February 1 2018 - Communication For Development (C4D) and External Communication are two distinct arms of Communication; however, often the stakeholders outside the two fields do not recognize the difference. This leads to a further state of confusion wherein, often times in my experience, the external Communication wing tends to crawl over the space of C4D work. The initiative of ‘Young reporters’ by UNICEF, being implemented in several countries of the world, including India, is a classic example. The initiative aims at empowering children through the capacity of reportage so that they identify the issues of local concern and raise these issues with Government. This is a community empowerment intervention and logically falls within the scope of C4D with technical support from external communication (reportage skill). However, in India, the initiative is led by the External Communication section of UNICEF.

Battling the agenda of Communication For Development: Why the threat of being overshadowed lingers

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Author: Veena, January 24 2018 - Communication For Development (C4D) is a strategy aiming at empowering communities to dialogue around prevailing problems and explore local solutions which are sustainable using various media and communication approaches. However, the subject and the professionals working in this area are under constant risk of getting overshadowed because of the nature of the work we do. C4D always works with a specific technical issue and the issue “lead” (professional) many times doesn't understand the essence of C4D which has following repercussions:

1) Challenge for C4D professionals to seek agreement on how a certain intervention could be designed.

2) For successful C4D interventions, challenge of being forgotten despite achieving results by virtue of the results being subsumed with the ambit of the larger technical program.

3) Mostly spending time in proving our efficiency.

Shining a light on girl's education in South Sudan

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Author: BBC Media Action South Sudan's Kenyi Betuel, editor of 'Our School', originally posted on January 15 2018 - Agol Deng Tong dreams of going to university and setting up her own business, but living in rural South Sudan - with no electricity - made studying in the evening difficult. But Agol was determined this wouldn’t stop her passing her exams. Radio programme ‘Our School’ shared her innovative solution to show how girls are tackling barriers to education across the country – and to inspire others to do the same. 

"Anything a man can do, you can do as a girl if you’re educated. Never think marriage is the only answer, I ensure that I am in school because I know that later I’ll be better off," says 21-year-old Agol Deng Tong.

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How can media help people in Bangladesh prepare for disasters?

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Author: BBC Media Action Bangladesh's Research Officer Aniqa Hossain, originally posted January 15 2018 - In Bangladesh, we’re pretty disaster-prone. Cyclones are a regular occurrence and much of our coastline is low-lying and often floods. This is a fact of life for many people, and they have little option but to find a way to survive. However, the lack of infrastructure can be too overwhelming and make it hard for people to know where to start.

As communicators, there is a lot we can do to help people become more resilient, so that they can take steps to prepare in advance and mobilise resources in the aftermath of a natural disaster. But we have found that communication is most effective when you don’t just tell people what to do but how to do it.

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New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: IV - Tobacco industry research sets the gold standard

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] February 3 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his involvement in the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. The series is intended to identify new ways in which the industry is attempting to (re)frame conversations on tobacco and health and tobacco industry behaviours as demonstrated by their adherence to or circumvention of article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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