Diane Von Furstenberg, Fashion Designer
“All About Maputo”
Today, women make up more than half of the African electorate in many places and are more engaged than ever in our communities — feeding the continent, voting at higher rates than men, organising at the local office, and even running for the presidencies in many countries. Yet, inequality and violence are rife. We remain marginalized in government and in the nation’s executive ranks.
Women are also underrepresented in politics and policy journalism and in newsroom leadership, which influences what stories are told, how the news is covered and whose voices are elevated.
The Maputo Protocol is the binding legal framework that holds African governments to account for the continued gross violation of the rights of women and girls in Africa. They set a 2020 deadline within which all African nations must have signed and ratified it.
There is an all-pervasive lack of women’s voices in the media and, more specifically, the near absence in our dominant western culture of African women’s voices and stories. Our goal is to inspire and empower African women — particularly those historically underserved by African media.
Women in Africa are victims to widespread gender inequality. This is enforced by a lack of knowledge regarding their legal rights. Radio however, provides a platform for female empowerment.
Women comprise over 55 percent of the population of Africa. Despite this they often don’t have a voice. They are silenced. Often their childhood dreams of becoming doctors or teachers are replaced by the responsibilities tied to being a second or third wife. In many cases women in Africa have little knowledge of their legal rights and fall victim to marginalisation by men. They’re often not allowed to take part in simple activities, such as listening to the radio, if other men are present.
Africa’s first human rights and development channel for women. The aim of TV Maputo channel is ‘to put women rights into the front line of mainstream media. Our coverage will lend a ‘voice to the voiceless’ with content from around the continent.
The programmes shown on TV Maputo platform is produced by a team of development and human rights professionals, researchers and award-winning reporters of diverse backgrounds including Miatta Fambuleh, a former Sierra Leone Broadcasting Station news presenter who anchors the NGO’s shows and televised conferences. TV Maputo content also includes coverage of grass-roots movements, leadership and business opportunities for women in Africa
Filming Maputo supports nonfiction women filmmakers in Africa in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes affecting women in Africa. In a changing media landscape, we aim to be a progressive force in supporting stories that have a real social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Filming Maputo is a multifaceted initiative dedicated to creating gender equality in Africa media. We support women documentaries and filmmakers to grow and sustain their careers through two months of fellowship program in Banjul, The Gambia. We convene networks and communities of TV and film journalists committed to help Africa’s women tell their stories and through special events throughout the year.
Internews defines good information as anything that is firmly rooted in facts and evidence and is intended to enrich and improve lives. Recognizing that everyone has the potential to be producers and sharers of information, we still assert that good information is rooted in the fundamental principles and practices of independent journalism: truth, accuracy, fairness, inclusion, transparency, and accountability.
We want tackling abuse to be everyone’s business. Together we can create a society that no longer tolerates inequality and violence against women.Working with the AU and its Members, local communities and other local actors, we believe everyone can play a role in promoting and promoting human rights of women in Africa.