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Central African Time 

Draft Programme

6:00am-6.10am

Welcome by Paula Fray frayintermedia CEO

Session 1       USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CHANGE (INCLUDING ONLINE SECURITY)

6:10am-6.40am

Speaking Truth to Power: Raising our Voices in 2021

Keynote speaker: Gulchehra A. Hoja

Gulchera was born on June 17, 1973 in Urumqi East Turkestan (Xinjiang China ) and is a Uyghur journalist, reporter & TV anchor with 25 years experience. 

She is the recipient of the Sergei Magnitsky award recognized as outstanding human rights activist 2019. She also received the David Burke distinguished journalist award 2020 at RFA and the IWMF Courage in Journalism award 2020.

6:45am-7.00am

Confronting the global scourge of gendered online violence

Women, marginalised and non-conforming people bear the brunt of online violence around the world, while the perpetrators range from anonymous bots and trolls to world leaders seeking to chill critical journalism. Dr Julie Posetti leads a global UNESCO-commissioned study examining this freedom of expression crisis. She maps the incidence and impacts of online violence against women journalists internaitonally and issues a call for urgent action as digital assaults spill offline with potentially deadly consequences.

Dr Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) (Australia/UK/US)

7:00am-7.10am

Case Study: Out and Prout 

Hear about the importance of diversifying voices heard and how to put LGBT+ issues on the agenda for 2021.

Cally Cheung, Co-Founder & COO, Prout (Singapore)

7:15am-8.00am

Panel Discussion: New Storytelling Formats

How do we effectively tell our stories in an era of social media where innovation is a key to stand out from the crowd?

Moderator: Heba Aly The New Humanitarian Director

Speakers: Zar Ni Frontier Myanmar Senior Producer (Myanmar); Aidila Razak, Special Reports Editor at Malaysiakini (Malaysia); Mia Malan Bhekisisa executive director (South Africa).

8:00am-8.15am

Q&A

8:15am-8.30am

Taking Care of Our Online Selves

Self-care is essential in our drive to help others

Penelope Sanyu, Femme Forte Chief Steward (Uganda)

8:35am-8.45am

Case Study: Violence during Quarantine

How journalists worked together to produce a collaborative and trans-national investigation about gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America.

Xochiketzalli Rosas Cervantes, co-director of Factual (Mexico)

8:50am-9.05am

Security on Online Media

The digital world offers the duality of a vast pool of opportunities and increasing threats to personal and professional security, making it important to secure online profiles.

Gisela Pérez de Acha (Mexico) 

END SESSION 1

Session 2      NEW WAYS OF TELLING OUR STORIES

Session 2       NEW WAYS OF TELLING OUR STORIES

9:10am-9.55am

Panel Discussion: Diversifying our stories

Media narratives often influence how we view each other or make us not see each other at all. Who is left out of dominant media narratives and how do we change that?

Moderator: Fungai Machirori (Zimbabwe)

Speakers: Moky Mokura, Executive Director, Africa No Filter (Nigeria); Kate Doak, News Producer, Network Ten (Australia); Rebecca Landsberry-Baker Executive Director, Native American Journalists Association (USA) 

9:55am-10.10am

Q&A

10:15am-10.25am

Case Study: Poems, Pictures, Prose 

The creative arts are an effective way to praise or critique the world we live in. Saaleha Idrees Bamjee uses photography and writing to make herself heard. 

Saaleha Idrees Bamjee, Writer and Photographer

10:30am-10.45am

Harnessing technology for change

Social media can be a powerful tool to drive change.

Eva Sander, Accountability Lab Mexico Country director (Mexico)

10:50am-11.00am

Case Study: Sharing Community Voices

How Act Ubumbano help communities tell their own stories

Zanele Maphosa-Makombe, Programme & SRHR Advisor, ACT Ubumbano

11:05am-11.20am

Utiliser les médias sociaux pour impliquer les jeunes

Aissatou Barry, Foundation Hirondelle-Guinée

11:20am-11.30am

Case Study: Engaging Youth via Social Media

How can young Palestinians use social media to be heard?

Rafa Musmar, Media Trainer, (Palestine)

11:30am-12:15 Noon

Panel Discussion: Power of Social Media for Change

The world can be accessed through our fingertips, thanks to the power of the internet. This gives us great power to influence and shape our spheres of influence for good. 

Moderator: Paula Fray

Speakers: Rafa Musmar, Media Trainer, (Palestine); Tran Le Thuy, Director at Centre for Media and Development Initiatives (Vietnam); Emeline Fonyuy, Investigative Journalist & Producer of Black Truth with Emeline (Cameroon); Dulamkhorloo Baatar, CEO and Co-founder of Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development (Mongolia)

12:15am-12:30pm

Q&A

Case Study: It’s a Feminist Thing

Women’s bodies are bearing the scourge of gender-based violence. This case study outlines the Soul City Institute’s effort to change that.

Phinah Kodisang, Soul City Institute, Chief Executive Officer (South Africa)

12:35am-12:45pm

END SESSION 2

Session 3       HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR COMMUNITY

12:45pm-1:00pm

Building a just and people-powered movement

At the core of any movement should be the people it hopes to uplift. Koketso Moeti presents on the importance of building people-driven initiatives. 

Koketso Moeti, amandla.mobi Executive Director (South Africa)

Case Study: Creating Spaces for all voices

How Chicas Poderosas uses a model of shared governance to expand the potential of co-creation to create spaces where all voices are heard.

Mariana Santos,  Founder Chicas Poderosas

1:05pm-1:15pm

1:15pm-1:30pm

Transformational Leadership 

What can Transformational Feminist Leadership offer us in 2021 and how can women steer what this change looks like? 

Chipo Bangira, Feminist & Transformational Leadership Manager, Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) (Zimbabwe)

Panel Discussion: Harnessing technology for community

Women and girls are left behind in the digital divide because of poor digital literacy skills or lack of access to devices. This panel explores various initiatives that are being led by women for women and girls to bridge the digital divide and ensure women and girls have equal opportunities for a quality life. 

Moderator: ElsaMarie D’Silva, Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (India)

Speakers: Hera Hussain, Founder of CHAYN (Pakistan); Karla Ruiz Cofino, Digital Strategist (Guatemala); Tamara Abdel Jaber, Founder and CEO at Palma Consulting (Jordan)

1:30pm-2:15pm

2:15pm-2:30pm

Q&A

END SESSION 3

Session 4    COMMUNICATION IN LEADERSHIP

2:30pm-2:45pm

Changing the Political Landscape 

How women in Latin America changed the political landscape and encouraged civic engagement in the midst of democratic struggles. 

Dr María José Calderón, (Ecuador)

2:45pm-3:30pm

Panel Discussion: Innovating for Change

New ideas and new ways of doing things expose us to more opportunities. It is important for organisations to embrace innovation, not only for productivity but to steer the change they wish to see. 

Moderator: Sarah Owusu, Innovation Consultant and Inkdot co-founder (Mozambique)

Speakers: Judith Okonkwo, technology evangelist and co-founder We will lead Africa (Nigeria); Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn, Director, LGBTI Global Human Rights Initiative (Jamaica); Laxmi Parthasarathy, Chief Operating Officer of Global Press

3:30pm-3:45pm

Q&A

3:45pm-4:00pm

Raising resilient leaders

Covid-19 has turned the world on its head - making it even more important to raise leaders who can adapt and persevere when faced with adversity.        

Dr Yene Assegid, Everyonesworld Leadership Foundation (ELF) director (Ethiopia)

4:00pm-4:45pm

Panel Discussion: Women and Elections

How do we raise the visibility of women in politics? How can we ensure women’s issues are on the agenda of elections? How do we ensure women’s concerns are recognised in policy making? 

Moderator: Rosebell Kagumire, Editor, African Feminism.com (Uganda)

Speakers: Phumzile Mtetwa, Just Associates Southern Africa Regional Co-Director; Nobuhle Ajiti, Human Rights Activist; Pearl Lawrence, Vice President of Transform Lesotho Initiative

4:45pm-5:00pm

Q&A

5:00pm-5:10pm

Case Study: Demystifying Creativity

Our self-worth and value are often shaped by the words we speak over ourselves. 

Nirmika Singh, Executive Editor at Rolling Stone India. (India)

5:15pm-6:00pm

Panel Discussion: Reset, Refresh, Resist

As we face 2021, how do women leaders rebuild for the ongoing fight?

Moderator: Jacqueline Musiitwa, Esq (Zambia)

Speakers: Dr Esther Ngumbi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology and African American Studies Department at the University of Illinois (Kenya); Jamila Headley, Chief Of Staff, Center for Popular Democracy (Barbados); Elisa Lees Munoz, IWMF executive director (US); Maria Teresa Ronderos, Director of Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP) (Colombia)

6:00pm-6:15pm

Wrap up with Q&A: Paula Fray

6:15pm-7:00pm

Plenary: Music and Spoken Word presentations

Alexandria James, Musician

Break Away Rooms for Networking:

  • Women in Politics

  • Journalism

  • Civil Society