Current Projects

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Your Voice in Europe

Title: Your Voice in Europe: Community Media for Citizen Participation in Cyprus

Duration: August 2014 – August 2015

Location: Cyprus

Supported by: European Commission Representation in Cyprus 

 Your Voice in Europe is a multi-component project that combines the elements of research, advocacy, capacity building, and media production with the overall objective of enhancing community media and supporting civil society and opinion formers from all communities in Cyprus to participate effectively in democratic life and engage in European issues.

It aims to enhance citizens’ awareness and direct involvement with EU affairs by providing access to information and media literacy training through an existing community media framework offered by CCMC and MYCYradio. At the same time, it aims to facilitate long-lasting policy change through research that will inform recommendations for the legal recognition of the sector, thus laying the foundations for a more structured engagement of citizens in media production in the future.

Moreover, the establishment of community media as an important vehicle of media literacy will also create the conditions for a more genuine debate that respects diversity and promotes inter-cultural and understanding across the diverse communities in Cyprus; a key aspect that lies at the heart of the future of the European project.

You can follow our tweets and posts through the #YViE_EU.

Contact Persons:
Michalis Simopoulos - michalis@cypruscommunitymedia.org
Natalie Konyalian - natalie@cypruscommunitymedia.org

 

Where are the Women? Capturing the Gender Dividend in Cyprus for Peace and Beyond

Where are the Women? Capturing the Gender Dividend in Cyprus for Peace and Beyond 

Duration: September 2013 – July 2014

Location: Cyprus

Aims of the Project:

“Where are the Women? Capturing the Gender Dividend in Cyprus for Peace and Beyond” aims to get more women substantively involved and participating in the Cyprus peace building and reconciliation processes at the grass-roots level. Through media skills trainings for Cypriot women, innovative and unique media related awareness raising techniques, the project engages women from across Cyprus into active dialogue with community leaders to highlight the importance of the role of women in a lasting peace settlement.

Objectives:

 Increase opportunities for dialogue between women’s groups and decision-makers

 Empower women and women’s groups in the use of media tools through a comprehensive set of media skills trainings

 Innovate the use of media tools to raise awareness about the role of women in the Cyprus peace and reconciliation processes

Background:

While existing efforts in Cyprus are being made by the bi-communal Gender Advisory Team (GAT) with the support of USAID Cyprus and the United Nations Good Office Mission to bring Cyprus in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325 addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace), there is still a need on the grass roots level for women to have opportunities for empowerment and to learn new skills in order to raise the awareness of the general public and the political leadership about gender equality and the peace building process in Cyprus.

Moreover, there is a gap in the media skills knowledge of women in Cyprus. As we are now in the information age and much of the way people communicate is based on technologies utilising media tools, it is imperative that women be educated in the use of such tools. Citizen engagement is the most direct method of closing the vertical communication gap, and improving the quality of governance. Citizen journalism such as “social networking” and “blogging” along with increased media skills in areas such as podcasts and short audio/visual documentaries can generate more inclusive, more representative and better informed public dialogue. The success of public discourse in Cyprus depends on its nature as a moderated medium for communication and information dissemination. Community generated media by women has the potential to bridge the gap between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots by giving women a chance to have their voices be heard as well as inform the two different media systems about women and their importance in the peace process.

Study after study concludes that societies, economies, communities, neighbourhoods, families and men all stand to gain if women are empowered. These gains are numerous and varied and include increased household income; better-performing economies; more-stable political structures and improved health and education levels across populations. Additionally and perhaps most importantly for the case of Cyprus, tapping the talent, perspective and experience of women on both sides of the dividing Green Line can result in lasting peace and prosperity on the island and in the wider region. Women are intrinsically linked to peace and security; their participation in peace and post-conflict processes helps overcome intractability and can address the underlying causes of conflict more effectively. The absence of women in political life and at the negotiating table is currently a stumbling block to peace on this long-divided island.

Programme Activities

- Create a web portal and accompanying social media sites will be created to chronicle and highlight all of the outputs. It will also serve as a network building tool for all people engaged by the project to connect and share their ideas on gender and peace building issues.

- 4 Roundtable Discussions to be held across Cyprus with the theme “Inserting Gender Perspectives into the Peace Process”

- Conduct 12 Capacity Building Media Skills Workshops aiming to empower Cypriot women by designing and delivering a set of media skills trainings in video production, editing, and the use of online platforms for women and girls from all walks of life in Cyprus.

- Create Online Video Diary ‘Wall’ which will feature women speaking about their perspectives on their roles in society, perceptions of themselves, and document their efforts to instil positive gender equity values in their children and the wider community.

- Mothers and Sons”/“Sisters and Brothers” Photo Competition – Visual media campaign to engage men and boys around the issues of gender equality.

- A series of posters featuring the 6 most popular and dynamic submissions of the photo competition, voted on by members of the general public with short messages aimed at encouraging dialogue about gender and peace related issues.

- A mobile public poster display that will be used for public viewing at highly visible and strategic locations across the island.

- Mapping Gender Online through Crowdsourcing. Submissions from participants will come from their mobile phones, laptops and other technologies to solicit facts, news items, photos and video clips that illustrate or highlight gender and peace related issues.

Funding

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Project Advisory Board

Gender Advisory Team

Hands Across the Divide

United Nations Development Programme – Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT)

United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

CCMC Contact Persons: 

Hazal Yolga  hazal@cypruscommunitymedia.org

Natasha Apostolidou  natasha@cypruscommunitymedia.org 

 
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Media Buffer Zone

Duration: March 2013- December 2013

Location:Euro-Mediterranean region

Aims of the Programme:

The Media Buffer Zone Project aims to first discern what media skills CSOs in Cyprus, the MENA region and Europe need to better raise awareness of the general public and authorities about their social change activities through research and a needs awareness analysis. Secondly, the project aims to design a CSO specific media skills training programme based on the needs assessment of CSOs in Cyprus, the MENA region and Europe; and to conduct media skills trainings via the capacity building Training of Trainers (ToT) methodology to CSO multipliers who will then transfer the media skills within their national and regional CSO networks in Cyprus, the MENA region and Europe. Finally, the Media Buffer Zone Project aims to connect CSOs in Cyprus, the MENA region and Europe through a virtual platform network with media professionals and artists who want to contribute to the advancement and productivity of regional CSOs by helping to produce and disseminate professional, innovative cost effective media messages.

Background:

Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) along with organisations based in Palestine, Bosnia Herzegovina and Egypt were recently awarded an “Innovation Grant” for their novel idea entitled “Media Buffer ZoneProject”. The opportunity came about from the group’s participation in "The Power of One" conference, hosted by the Cyprus-based “Peace It Together” network and supported by the United Nations Development Programme - Action for Cooperation and Trustand the Office of Middle East Programmes of USAIDin October 2012.

The conference was an inter-regional learning exchange on the role of citizens and civil society in stimulating social change during periods of transition, and gathered over 200 people from 28 countries from Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. By convening in Nicosia, the conference reflected the position of Cyprus as a historical, cultural and geographical crossroads, as well as its potential to act as a facilitator of positive change. During the conference, participants voted “Media Buffer Zone Project” as the audience favourite.

Programme Activities:

-Communications, Marketing and Networkingacross Cyprus, the MENA region and Europe.

-Needs assessmentsof regional CSOs about their visibility and impact improving needs

-Designand development of CSO Media Skills Training kit.

-Implementation of CSO Media Skills ToT Workshops.

-On-line virtual platform development which  will contribute to the overall aim of the project in that will contribute to enabling regional CSOs to produce and disseminate professional and innovative cost effective media messages indirectly through a network for media professionals and artists, to transfer knowledge to get CSOs to address the key issue of media across the Euro-Mediterranean region and to establish sustainable partnerships inter-regionally.

Partners:

Qabila Media Productions- Egypt

UG Zašto ne (Why Not)- Bosnia-Herzegovina

Near East Consulting- Palestine

Universal Patient’s Rights Organisation – Cyprus

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CCMC Contact Point: Larry Fergeson

The project was supported by the United Nations Development Programme – Action for Cooperation and Trust

   

Cyprus Community Media Centre

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