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A Media4Democracy team joined the European Commission Gender Focal Persons Annual Meeting in Brussels 14 to 18 October, gaining up-to-date knowledge on global efforts to implement the goals of the EU Gender Action Plan 2016 – 2020 (GAP II) and progress linked to gender mainstreaming efforts.

At the gathering of some 100 staff from Delegations, Common Security and Defence Policy Missions, Commission Services and EEAS at Headquarters, the Media4Democracy team was also able to present the technical assistance package of direct support to Delegations linked to supporting the GAP II and other relevant goals by reducing gender stereotypes in media and supporting women’s and girls’ access to information and ICT.

Virginie Ramey, Media4Democracy Expert leading the Media and Gender work and who joined the 4-day meeting said, ‘this was a valuable opportunity to hear the Delegations’ perspectives, and the challenges and success they encounter. It provided the possibility to assess how Media4Demcoracy assistance can best support their work to empower women and girls. Additionally, it was an opportunity to discuss with participants the relevance of issues linked to chronic gender stereotypes in media that reinforce societal restrictions of women and girls and how Delegations can reduce the global gaps in women’s and girls’ access to information and ICT that limit their personal, social and economic empowerment.’

This technical assistance package is formally known as Media, Access to Information and ICT and the Empowerment of Women and Girls and provides linked components of an in-field context assessment, EU Delegation training and support for Delegation planning and stakeholders engagement. Free Press Unlimited (FPU), Media4Democracy consortium partner, leads implementation of this package and EU Delegations can directly request support from Media4Democracy info@media4democracy.eu.

Resources useful to supporting mainstreaming of gender into policy dialogue as well as operations, including specific guidance on several sectors, are available with the EU Resource Package on Gender Mainstreaming at  https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/devco-academy/course/view.php?id=185.