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UNIMED Commitment to cross-cultural and gender sensitive reporting in the EuroMed region

(Rome, 16 September 2019) “This first Intercultural Trends and Media Platform workshop on cross-cultural and gender sensitive reporting in the EuroMed region is of the utmost importance not only for promoting dialogue between the two shores of the Mediterranean but also for reducing cultural misunderstandings” said Dr Scalisi, Director of UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union, on the occasion of the Intercultural Trends and Media Platform workshop. 

The event, jointly convened by UNIMED and the Anna Lindh Foundation, took place on the 10th and 11th of September in Amman, Jordan, in the framework of the Euromed Women for Dialogue Forum. Bringing together media, academia and civil society to debate on the way perceptions between Europeans and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean people have evolved in the recent years proved indeed to be essential considering the growing migratory and refugee movements, the rise of populists discourses and phenomena of violent extremism. 

“Such workshop is one of many more thematic encounters – said Dr Scalisi. Together with the Anna Lindh Foundation, UNIMED aims at establishing a strong Euro-Mediterranean network of media, civil society and academic organisations. Covering events in the region while fighting cultural stereotypes requires not only a joint strategy but also regular exchanges” he continued.

This workshop, together with the Euromed Women for Dialogue Forum in the framework of which the event was organized, aimed at discussing ways to counter gender-related and cultural stereotypes. Towards this objective, the event facilitated an in-depth understanding of the results and main trends of the Anna Lindh/Ipsos Intercultural Survey and Report analysis and encouraged the production of media pieces drawing on such research. The workshop allowed for the discussion of learning approaches and modules on intercultural trends affairs and of a strategy for the promotion of exchanges and analyses about the coverage of cross-cultural issues and fight again gender stereotypes images.

Alongside such efforts, UNIMED SubNetwork on Journalism is another proof of the Mediterranean Universities Union’s committed position on the matter. Allowing to share values and culture of journalism across the Mediterranean, this subnetwork encourages dialogue and collaboration, educates critical and reflective journalism professionals, and stimulates relationships with active audiences. It brings together students, faculties and staff of UNIMED associated universities to share values and culture of journalism across the Mediterranean area. 

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