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Call for papers: Gender, development and the media
| 7 January 2007

Gender & Developmentis an activist-oriented journal, published by Oxfam GB. It is read – and written – by development policy makers, researchers, and feminist activists, in over 90 countries. The journal aims to share learning and insights from people who have experience of development work and who are keen to share their insights with others. In doing so, our primary aim is to support development work which promotes gender equality and women’s rights.

Each issue of Gender & Development focuses on a topic of key interest to all involved in promoting gender equality through development. The November 2007 issue of Gender & Development journal will look at gender, development and the media.

Articles in this issue could address the following:

- How does the media reinforce / challenge gender stereotypes?
- To what extent does the media continue to reflect ‘masculine’ interests, and present them as the norm?
- Is there such a thing as ‘women’s journalism’? Should there be?
- Analysis of the treatment of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and emergencies in the media.
- NGOs working with the mass media to promote gender equality: examples of what works (and what doesn’t).
- Women working in the media in the South.
- New media and communication technologies: gender and online journalism; the rise of the female blogger; the use of SMS / text messaging by NGOs as a campaign and advocacy tool; women’s access to new technologies and the internet.
- Gender and cinema in the South.
- How are globalisation and economic liberalisation altering the gender media landscape across the world? Tensions between this and the rise of conservative and fundamentalist forces around gender and sexuality.
- Development practitioner experiences of integrating gender into external and internal communications material.
- Journalism training: gender-sensitive (and diversity-sensitive) media training; encouraging women to enter the profession.

If you would like to write on any of the above, or have other ideas that would make interesting articles on the theme of gender, development and the media, and would like to share your insights with your peers through Gender &Development, then please contact Joanna Hoare with a paragraph outlining your proposed idea, as soon as possible, and before the commissioning deadline: 26 January 2007.

Commissioned articles will need to be completed for a deadline of 27 April 2007. Please note: a core part of the editor’s role is to help you produce your article. Joanna has the time and energy for, and experience of, supporting busy people and those whose first language is not English. We particularly welcome contributions from first-time writers and will provide the necessary support for you to share your development experience and expertise through the journal.

For more information about Gender & Development, including guidelines for contributors, please visit Gender & Development Journal.

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