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Girls making media: Promoting girl’s rights in Guinea- Bissau

GMM Project workshop/conference 180

Discussions took place on the most effective ways to raise awareness of gender discrimination through the media

14 December, 2011: Discrimination against girls is a huge problem in Africa, particularly in Guinea-Bissau. From bullying in schools to female genital mutilation, girls are often left defenceless against acts of violence against them.

Addressing these issues of gender inequality through the media can raise awareness of how wrong they are and help put an end to the discrimination of girls.

As part of Plan’s Girls Making Media project in West Africa, Plan Guinea-Bissau recently worked with some 40 students, male and female, from the Bafata and Bissau regions to train them in communication techniques and to try and improve the quality of information produced in the media on issues related to girls and gender discrimination.

Some of the skills learned by the students included video making and photography as well as how to write articles and use social media.

“I was very interested to take part in the workshop because for the last three years I have participated in a local radio programme for the promotion of child rights. Girls should be respected and have the right to triumph in life,” explained Baonondje, a participant in the training and member of the committee.

“As group president I am determined to promote children’s rights, particularly girl’s rights, because girls are more discriminated against in our society,” Baonondje continued.

The next step

This year the government of Guinea-Bissau passed a law to make female genital cutting illegal. Although the law was passed, the practice still occurs in the country and , with Plan’s support, the group of students are planning to organise a radio debate and also a football match on National Women’s Day in January 2012 to help promote girls and women’s rights in the country.

Read more about Plan's work in Guinea-Bissau