#MAKANATI Virtual Seminar
28-29 September 2020 



The “Makanati” Seminar consists of 4 sessions, on Zoom platform in both French and Arabic languages


 Monday 28 September 2020

1st session: Presentation of The Makanati project

10 am French time, (11 am Iraqi and Yemeni times) - Duration: 1 h15


- Opening speech:  The French Agency for Media Development and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. 


- Presentation of the Makanati project by CFI

- Presentation of the Makanati partners, the Humanitarian Aid and Journalism organization (AHJ), as well as, Iraqi Women Journalists Forum (IWJF), and Studies & Economic Media Center Yemen (SEMC). 


- Online press conference directed to media agencies, public universities (media departments) and local, regional and international civil society organizations with the aim of presenting the objectives and activities of the project. 



2nd session: Media and Gender in Iraq and Yemen: Analysis of the situation

2:00 pm, French time, (3:00 pm, Iraqi and Yemeni times) - Duration: 1 h45 


This roundtable will present findings on the media landscape in Iraq and Yemen through a gender perspective: What are the roles that media play in promoting women's rights and gender equality?  What are the positions that women hold in media, not only as journalists, but also within media content produced? And finally, what obstacles have been identified and which resources can be leveraged?



Tuesday, 29 September 2020

3rd Session: Women Journalists and discrimination: How to fight it?

10:00 am French time, (11 am Iraqi and Yemeni times) - Duration: 1h45



This roundtable will examine the legal framework in which women professional journalists build their careers in Iraq and Yemen. What are the threats female journalists face during their field assignments or within their working environment? What are the initiatives that have been taken at institutional level as well as within civil society to provide solutions?



4th session: Women and Leadership in the Media: Why? How?

2:00 pm French time, (3:00 pm Iraqi and Yemeni times) - Duration 1h30


This final roundtable is dedicated to the importance of female representation in the Media. What mechanisms should be implemented in order to contribute to a more equal distribution of responsibilities? More precisely, what do women add to the leadership positions in media and what are the challenges they have to overcome?


Presentation of the objectives of the inventory to be launched in the framework of “Makanati” project

Closing of the seminar


Note: Names of the participants, speakers and moderators will be announced on 22 September, 2020

The “Makanati” Seminar consists of 4 sessions, on Zoom platform in French, Arabic, English and Kurdish languages

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AHJ is an association registered under French law (1901), founded in France (2017) and registered in the Kurdistan region of Iraq since 2019. It allows the people in the conflict zones, especially women, to train in journalism and creativity to assert their rights to freedom of expression, information and education.