The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) is organizing the regional conference in October at the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda from 2 to 5 October 2018.
While the event will have some regional focus on women and media in the region, and feature the installation of our new chapters in Afghanistan and Iraq, "this regional conference is now going to be no less than a mini-biennial" according to IAWRT President Violet Gonda.
"We have to discuss and arrive at conclusions about our structural changes, and chart out the roadmap ahead vis-à-vis funding and our organizational development, which will include strengthening IAWRT chapters and policies. We want to discuss new areas of programmes, such as: Rural Women & Media (recently started), expansion of our Community Radio project, Gender Mainstreaming, and a pilot project on raising awareness about gender-based online harassment" she said.
Uganda Chapter head, Sarah Nakibuuka Bakehena says the regional conference will also be about providing the means to enhance skills, "members and chapter heads will undergo capacity training aimed to give them skills to raise resources locally for their activities. It will include training in fundraising, proposal writing and how to establish community radio."
As this is an extraordinary brainstorming meeting, IAWRT is trying to fundraise to get more individual members – represented geographically – to also attend. Because of funding constraints we still encourage members to look for funding and we would welcome voluntary offers from any sponsored participants able to partially fund their trip, as that could support more members attending.
As the head of IAWRT Uganda and IAWRT board secretary, Ms Bakehena says it will be a great pleasure to welcome delegates to this regional conference. "This event will be unique and a memorable experience full of fun and learning, sharing, networking and establishing strategic partnerships" she said.
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