Gouvernement du Canada

Affaires mondiales Canada


Media and Gender Officer

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Journalists for Human Rights
Acronyme : JHR
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is a growing charitable organization that harnesses the power of the media to combat human rights abuses. By building the capacity of the media to report effectively on human rights issues, JHR's work pressures abusers to stop and empowers victims to fight back.
Adresse : 1027 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario,
M4W 2K9
FAX: (416) 413-1832
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : Emilee Irwin
Courriel : emilee@jhr.ca
Pays : Kenya
Ville : Nairobi
Secteur : Communications
Description du stage : African Women and Child Features Service (AWC) is a feature syndicate, writing features for a number of media houses in Africa and beyond. They also have an audio visual unit that produces documentaries and features for the media. AWC seeks to advocate for the rights of women and children through the media.

The selected intern will work with AWC's team that advocates for women's rights, particularly focusing on social and economic rights. The intern will conduct many different activities, including producing media stories and conducting workshops for Kenyan journalists on how to report on woman's rights. The internship has been designed to deliver sustainable development outcomes corresponding to CIDA's priorities, while improving the intern's employable skills.

AWC is a proven leader in human rights promotion, particularly concerned with the rights of women and children. They have specifically requested JHR's assistance to improve their programs.

In Canada
The in-Canada portion of this internship will begin one month prior to the intern's overseas departure. It will be composed of the following elements:

One Month Prior to Overseas Departure-Initial Preparation:

The intern will receive a comprehensive package of materials via email, providing ample time for the intern to read and prepare himself/herself for the pre-departure orientation and eventual overseas departure. Materials will include: a placement manual detailing the host organization, host country, internship description and other relevant information; the country's constitution; JHR's Safety and Security document; pass along notes from previous JHR interns; and other related materials.

The intern will be asked to write a short outline of the human rights situation in their host country. They will present their report to the group of other interns and JHR staff members at pre-departure training. This will allow the intern to gain a solid understanding of their host country before their departure.

The intern will be introduced via email to other JHR interns (past and present), JHR staff members and the appropriate people at their host organization. She/he will be encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns with members of this network. The intern will be expected to provide peer-to-peer support to other IYIP interns.

One Week Prior to Overseas Departure-Pre-departure Training:

The intern will participate with other selected interns in five days of intensive pre-departure training, designed to provide him/her with the tools needed for a successful internship. This includes:

DAY 1: JHR Welcoming Session.
- Morning-Welcoming ice-breaker exercise and discussion about IYIP program. Forms and legal documents distributed along with supplementary books and information about the host countries, JHR, human rights, etc. Each intern will present their report to the group, with a question and answer period afterwards.
- Afternoon-Talks from JHR's past overseas interns. JHR's executive to talk about JHR's programs in Africa. This is followed by a discussion on what to expect in the workplace (challenges and highlights), how to overcome challenges and how to make the most out of your placement.

DAY 2: Human Rights and the Media.
- Morning-Workshop led by an African human rights experts. This is followed by a debate on human rights with participants taking different sides.
- Afternoon- Workshop led by an African media experts. Participants will be given JHR's emergency protocol mechanism and a discussion on JHR's emergency protocol will follow.
- Dinner-JHR will host an informative dinner for participants where at least four potential employers will be brought in for a roundtable discussion about how the participants should be preparing and where to look for their next potential job.

DAY 3 - DAY 5: Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) training, focusing on cross-cultural issues, culture shock, safety and other elements related to living and working overseas.

The selected Media and Gender Officer intern will work with the African Women and Child Features Service (AWC) in Nairobi, Kenya. They AWC advocates for the rights of women and children through the media, primarily through producing media content with a rights message. The intern will work with the AWC's team that advocates on behalf of women's rights, with a specific focus on economic and social rights. The selected intern will conduct the following activities:

1) Workshops: The intern will facilitate workshops for local media houses on key gender-related issues including maternal health, girl-child education, domestic violence, women in government, etc. These workshops will be free and open to all interested journalists.
2) Media Training and Production: The intern will work with members of AWC as well as local media practitioners to develop TV, radio and print pieces on AWC's focus areas, including social and economic rights of women and children. While helping to produce these pieces, the intern will build the capacity of AWC staff to produce effective and informative pieces themselves.
3) Media Monitoring: The intern will regularly monitor a selection of media (print, radio and television) to determine the ways in which gender issues are presented. They will regularly report to AWC on their findings, helping AWC to shape future programs and outreach activities.
4) Materials Training and Development: The intern will work to develop press releases, training manuals, brochures, press kits and other material relevant to AWC's programs. While helping to produce these pieces, the intern will build the capacity of AWC staff to produce these pieces themselves.
5) Canadian Engagement: The intern will regularly post to JHR's Abroad website, helping to engage Canadian's back home in their work, the work of AWC and human rights issues in Kenya.
Organisation d'accueil : African Women and Child Features Service
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The African Woman and Child Features Service (AWC) is a Nairobi-based media organization with an African regional outlook.

AWC was established in March 1994 with the aim of mainstreaming gender in and through the media for development. Guided by the principle of equal development for women, men and children, AWC has been active in training journalists and other media practitioners as well as NGOs in the region in the area of gender, media and development. It has assisted in the production of training manuals for organizations, gender mainstreaming policies and content for media houses and training women on how to access and effectively use the media for development.

Additionally, AWC disseminates information by way of feature articles, published in mainstream newspapers throughout Africa and beyond, training manuals and hand books, news bulletins, magazines and occasionally audio and video productions for broadcast via radio, television and the internet.