Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM EDT
Thursday March 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT

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4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 
4 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

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Dr. Uchenna Ekwo 
Center for Media & Peace Initiatives 

              Women and the Media 


“Finding Your Public Voice”

Freedom and progress are not born from silence. Women and the Media workshop represents an unprecedented effort by the Center for Media & Peace Initiatives to help women around the world tell their stories and share experiences with audiences far beyond their borders. Only by making their voices heard, advocating their causes, and expressing their opinions can women become full participants in society. This workshop will be an invaluable resource in encouraging women throughout the world to have a greater say in the matters that most affect their lives.

The workshop, although intended primarily for women who have not had experience in working with the media, is designed for anyone who wants to become more familiar and skilled in dealing with the media. It can be used by women living in rural communities as well as by those in larger metropolitan areas. Because we hope it will be used in many different cultures, we encourage participants to adapt the knowledge from the workshop to the needs of the people with whom they are working. By adding their specific experiences as example, participants can greatly enhance the usefulness of this workshop.

There is nothing mysterious about working with the media. In fact, you probably already know everything you need to know to educate the media about your issue or organization. This workshop is primarily about helping you develop the skills you already posses.

Developing these skills takes time and effort. It takes courage to stand in front of a large group of people or before a television camera. One objective of this workshop is to enable you to give a meaningful interview or deliver an inspiring speech; in short, to get media recognition for your cause. We cannot let either nervousness or inexperience prevent us from speaking. Women’s voices should be heard.

One of the most precious, hard-won freedoms is the freedom to speak and publicly express our opinions. Among the voices now being heard around the world are those of women who were previously silent. It is a time for women who are knowledgeable about the media to share their experiences with women who are just beginning to find their public voices.

Workshop objectives:

  • To develop skills to become more familiar and skilled in dealing with the media
  • To learn how to manage public image of individuals and organizations
  •  To encourage women to have a greater say in the matters that most affect their lives.
  •   To embrace a new ethical orientation and best practices in managing information
  • To analyze women’s voice and choice in private and public life.
  • To mobilize public opinion and improve participation of women in society.
  •   To explore the changing media landscape in the 21st century
  • To examine the shifting relationship between the media and the public

Who should attend?

  • Civil society leaders, women chief executives,
  • women leaders
  • business and political leaders,
  • small business owners,
  • community organization leaders,
  •  students.


At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • develop effective media strategy for organizations including the ability to write good press releases,
  • conduct public speeches/presentations,
  • hold press conferences, and face the press.
  • distinguish the different characteristics of the mass media - print, electronic, and online (social) media and know how to use each medium or combination of media
  • receive certificate of participation