Port au Prince, Haiti, 4 May 2016 – On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Panos Caribbean released yesterday its latest press dossier, looking at the place and role of women in Haitian media. Titled Femmes et médias en Haïti: Petites avancées, grands défis (Women and media: small progress, big challenges), the dossier examines the role of women in Haitian media over the past 50 years, and presents a well-documented analysis of the issues and their impact on the quality, fairness and relevance of information available to the Haitian people.
The dossier demonstrates, with facts and figures, that the media remain a space of power where women are under-represented and where men dominate the hierarchy, the decision-making processes and the content of information. The situation is no different in the political field in Haiti, where gender equity remains a major concern.
"The role of women in the media is a reflection of the power relations in society, but it is also a factor that determines those power relations. Promoting equity and diversity in the media contributes to creating a society that is fairer and more democratic", says Yves Renard, Acting Coordinator of Panos Caribbean.Read more ...
PANOS team members, together with artistes from our Voices for Climate Change Education Project, have worked collaboratively to make Earth Day 2016 count: we have planted trees!
“About two weeks ago, one of our team members — Nastassia Fyffe — came to me indicating that Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) was looking for ‘partners’ to help them plant 5,000 trees this Earth Day while undertaking to donate JMD100.00 to the Forestry Department for every photo uploaded of individuals planting these trees. And I thought, what a beautiful idea?” said Petre Williams-Raynor, Country Director for Panos Caribbean, Jamaica.
“And so we have ran with it: planting trees, capturing the photographs of us doing so and then sharing them via social media — with #PanosEarthDay #JMMBEarthDay. Planet Earth will not lose for our efforts, certainly not given the climate change realities facing Jamaica, as other small island developing states of the Caribbean,” she added.
“What is more, we encourage others to follow suit and thank, very specially, our Voices for Climate Change Education artistes who continue to lend their talents and individual brands to the climate change adaptation cause,” Williams-Raynor said further.Read more ...
Earth inspired, the new album released under the "1.5 To Stay Alive" campaign yesterday (February 11), has won the approval of its first listeners.
“We are excited and the sky is the limit,” said Claire Bernard, Deputy Director General at the Planning Institute of Jamaica, who was present at the launch, held at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston.
The ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ campaign is the work of Panos Caribbean; the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; the Saint Lucia Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology; the Caribbean Development Bank, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States; the Regional Council of Martinique.
It has supported the region’s negotiating positions prior to and during the recent climate change talks held in Paris in December, with the focus, throughout, on ensuring that global temperatures are limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This is given the catastrophic climate risks — including sea level rise and extreme weather events — to the small island developing states of the region.
With Caribbean players succeeding in having the 1.5 captured as one element of the target in the outcome document from Paris, the ongoing campaign is seeking to ensure no loss of momentum as countries look to ratify the new global deal.