International Women’s Media Foundation Trainers to Present Panel Discussion on Africa Project
How have six African media houses changed the face of health reporting? Learn about how the International Women’s Media Foundation is working to revolutionize health coverage in Africa at a panel discussion with trainers for the IWMF’s Maisha Yetu project.
The Society for International Development's Women in Development Workgroup (SID/WID) will host IWMF’s Akwe Amosu, Beata Kasale, Tidiane Kasse and Otula Owuor from noon to 2 p.m. April 28 for “Reporting on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria: Perspectives from media experts in Botswana, Kenya and Senegal.” The discussion will be held at the International Resources Group, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C.
The Maisha Yetu project – which means “Our Lives” in Swahili – was launched in 2002 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to enhance the quality and consistency of media coverage about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa with responsible, accurate and relevant media messages. Since the inception of Maisha Yetu, the IWMF has documented nearly 300 newspaper, radio and television clips generated by African journalists involved with the project.
Please see below for more information about the trainers. Contact SID/WID co-chair Frances Molinaro (Tel: 202-289-0100; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP or to obtain additional information about this event.
The IWMF was launched in 1990; its mission is to strengthen the role of women in the news media worldwide. The IWMF network includes more than 1,500 women and men in the media in more than 130 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.iwmf.org.
Akwe Amosu, discussion moderator, serves on the board of directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is a Senior Policy Analyst for Africa at the Washington Office of the Open Society Institute. She facilitates links between OSI's Africa-based foundations, initiatives and grantees, and the international policy community in Washington, DC, as well as sharing OSI perspectives on African issues and collaborating with other organizations in areas of joint concern.
Beata Kasale is the local trainer for the IWMF’s Maisha Yetu project in Botswana. She is the publisher and co-owner of The Voice newspaper and has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist.
Tidiane Kasse is the local trainer for the IWMF’s Maisha Yetu project in Senegal. Since 2002, he has worked with various agencies to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS. Among his responsibilities are helping with Africa Consultants International’s monthly newsletter, Sida Media Flash, organizing information seminars on HIV/AIDS for journalists and assessing the Les jeunes face au Sida (Youth Facing AIDS) campaign of Family Health International.
Otula Owuor is the local trainer for the IWMF’s Maisha Yetu project in Kenya. A media consultant and science writer and editor based in Nairobi, Owuor was previously an editor and writer for the African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum, where he helped to launch ABSF’s website.