Economic justice

Dual Track Training on Women’s Economic Justice in Africa

Deadline: 24 Oct 22

The Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) presents its new journalism training “Reporting and Communicating on Women’s Economic Justice”.

The 6-week dual-track online training led by the foundation’s experienced trainers will provide a deep dive into the subject and explain how to:

  • Journalists can better report on women’s rights and economic challenges and solutions in an impactful and relevant way.
  • CSOs can build their communication skills to increase support and awareness for their work promoting women’s rights and economic justice initiatives.

Through the dual-track approach, journalists and CSOs will participate in concurrent trainings led by the foundation’s leading journalism and civil society experts. Throughout the six weeks, the two tracks will also have joint sessions that encourage mutual learning and networking to build a collaborative approach to addressing the intersections between women’s rights and economic justice.

Economic justice for women is key to achieving an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. To advance gender justice in the global economy, it is essential to inform national and global narratives about reshaping the economy by placing women’s rights and gender justice at the center of efforts to achieve to economic recovery and prosperity. To achieve this vision, the voices of civil society, feminist economists, women’s rights organizations must be amplified to urge governments and businesses to take the necessary actions in the interest of society as a whole.

The role of journalists

Journalists have a vital and powerful role to play on the issue of women’s economic justice through impactful, balanced and engaging journalism that sheds critical light on a fairer future and holds stakeholders informed and accountable.

The role of civil society organizations

CSOs play a crucial role in promoting economic and gender justice for the many women left behind, especially in the post-pandemic economy. More than ever, this requires strategic communication and collaboration with journalists and the media to build cross-sectoral support and awareness of what needs to be done.

What you will gain
  • Journalists – After this training, you will have acquired the tools and know-how to confidently report on the intersections between women’s economics and gender justice with an understanding of policies, key challenges and actions taken. You will learn new reporting angles based on the principles of solutions journalism, as well as develop your data visualization skills to produce compelling data-driven stories that engage audiences. You will not only be better able to report on issues of economic justice, but more broadly to give voice to marginalized women and girls in their communities who have borne the brunt of the economic, health and social protection consequences of the pandemic. . The training will also help you apply a gender perspective to what seem to be more common stories about the economy that have less obvious, but important structural consequences for women.
  • CSOs – After this training, you will understand the intersections between women’s rights and economic justice, and the challenges of communicating these issues in the media. You will also understand the principles of solutions journalism as a new communication angle and receive a practical guide to communicate with different types of media while developing different skills needed to segment audiences / stakeholders, create key messages, map campaigns skills and improve skills in interviews, presentations and multimedia skills training tools.
  • Both – The training will include joint sessions to foster collaboration between journalists and CSOs. Attendees will automatically gain access to TRF Alumni Network attendees with regular networking opportunities, masterclass sessions led by subject matter experts and journalists, and digital skills labs.
Format of the workshop

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from October 31 to December 09, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. GMT

A series of live interactive sessions will be conducted over Zoom and will take place over six half-days over six weeks. Each of the live sessions will last four hours in the morning with a mix of activities and breaks.

  • Participants should be able to commit four hours to each live session, plus 1-2 hours of offline reading or self-paced homework on those days or between sessions.
  • The training will be conducted in English. Fluency in English is required.
  • Participating journalists are also strongly encouraged to come up with a story idea that they can develop throughout the training. CSO participants are encouraged to come prepared with ideas for new communications activities they would like to create.
Eligibility criteria
  • Journalists: Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to media organizations in Africa.
  • CSOs: Applicants must be full-time CSO employees with a role in communications and media engagement.
  • All applicants must be fluent in English. The course will be held in English.
  • All candidates must have at least three years of work experience.
  • All applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8MB/second.
  • All candidates must have access to a computer to participate in the training; participation from a mobile phone or smartphone will not be possible.

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