Arab women and the Strategy for sustainable Development in the local Media 2018

The report "Arab Women and the 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Development in the Local Media" raises new problems and questions imposed by the challenges experienced by the Arab world at a different stage of its history at the political, economic, cultural and social levels, in which the becoming of the media scene and the position of women have deep and direct impact.

The controversy or debate in place only concerns the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and we have not noticed during the preparation of the report or its relevant bibliography an interest in women within it.

They were addressed only in relation to the fifth objective of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. More, we have not even seen to the date the report was drafted a link between the media attention and the strategy in general and between the local media interest and the strategy in particular, even if the terms differed and the areas of interest varied, and this is what we sought to monitor.

The report focused, in part, on the position and presence of women in the Arab local media, through case analysis and study in six Arab countries: Tunisia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine.

In a cross-cutting manner, the report addressed, on the other hand, the dimensions and goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The latter’s preamble, entitled "Transforming Our World," said that it is a transformational agenda aimed at achieving development where no one is excluded and it forms the framework of global consensus in order to ensure the participation of all, men and women, in development and to benefit from its yield.

While the knowledge and cultural dimension has not been assigned a distinct place within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it recognized the importance of the media and communication in general in the pursuit of goals of the Global Strategy.

This report is part of CAWTAR’s s ongoing efforts since 2005 to underscore the importance of the media and knowledge field in the process of implementing development strategies in the Arab region according to the gender approach.

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