Eventcast: Global Social Change through Women in Media

Women make up half the global population, and yet a global report on women in media showed that men occupy the vast majority of leadership and news-gathering jobs in most nations around the world.  How would the world’s news change if women had a greater voice in examining the stories that they read or hear each day?  What unique perspectives do women journalists bring to their work exploring – and to some degree promoting – grassroots movements and social change?

This event was held on March 15, 2012.

The World Affairs Council presents a panel of women who are working to help expand the voices of women around the world. Cristi Hegranes will discuss the work of the Global Press Institute in training women to become journalists who can speak up about issues that are not covered by mass media. Jensine Larsen will speak on World Pulse’s efforts to provide access for women to become grassroots change leaders by providing media and training to allow them to talk about their communities. Jackee Budesta Batanda will then talk about her on-the-ground experiences as she has worked to tell the world about under-reported issues in Uganda. Join us in a conversation about how women are being empowered to increase awareness and create change in their own communities.

About the Panelists: Jackee Budesta Batanda is the 2011-2012 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She works as a freelance journalist with the Global Press Institute, an online newswire, and also as a Senior Communications Officer with the Refugee Law Project of the Faculty of Law at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Cristi Hegranes is an award-winning journalist, a renowned international journalism trainer, and the founder and Executive Director of the Global Press Institute.

Jensine Larsen, a social media entrepreneur and international journalist, is the founder of World Pulse, a global media enterprise devoted to bringing women a global voice, where she pioneered World Pulse magazine, grassroots women’s citizen journalism training, and an interactive website that enables women from over 185 nations to speak for themselves and connect to solve global problems.

About the Moderator: Angelica Macklin is a filmmaker, multimedia producer, and digital media instructor at the University of Washington.


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