About Our Work
Our Past Activities
Women Media and Change (WOMEC), has over the years, committed itself to empowering women and girls to have a voice, visibility and also acquire skills that would ensure that women and girls have equal access to resources and opportunities to excel and impact on society.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is commemorated globally every 8th March and it highlights the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action that sets the agenda for championing women’s rights and empowerment. The day offers the opportunity to uphold women’s achievements, recognize the challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.
WOMEC has over the years joined in commemorating the IWD by organising various activities to create awareness about the issues surrounding empowering women, gender equality and giving a voice to women and girls in society so they can contribute their quota to the development of humanity.
In line with these objectives, WOMEC once again organised a forum at the Ashaiman Senior High School in the Greater Accra region to mark this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020.
The forum, which served as a mentoring session for a section of the female students of the school, was under the theme, “I am generation equality: realizing women’s rights.” The event was also attended by some staff members of the school and journalists. It was aimed at bringing in role models in various areas of expertise to share their success stories and how to overcome challenges.
WOMEC in collaboration with the Dominion University College in Accra and the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service organized a seminar on the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV) to empower the students of the university with knowledge about GBV. The seminar held on November 28, 2017 was organized by WOMEC as part of activities to mark the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls
WOMEC’s participation in Ghana’s 2016 General Elections WOMEC during 2016, collaborated with some organisations and took part in advocacy and networking activities, especially directed at Ghana’s general elections, before-during-and-post election activities. The Executive Director of WOMEC, Mrs. Charity Binka, took part in radio discussions at Uniiq FM in Accra, which focused on the 2016 elections and gender issues.
On March 25, 2015 at 10.00am WOMEC hosted the Global Media Monitoring Programme in Ghana. In all four (4) newspapers, two (2) radio stations and three (3) television stations were monitored. The aim of the monitoring project was to assess the representation of gender issues in the media.
WOMEC in collaboration with the National Community Development Vocational Institute organized a Forum for 50 Students of the Institute on March 8 to mark the International Women’s Day.
As part of the vision to emphasize the need to cut down on gender-based violence in society, WOMEC organized a media training workshop on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 to educate and build the capacity of journalists on gender-based issues such as rape, defilement, abuse etc.
In May 3, 2013 WOMEC organized an ICT training for female journalists from selected media organisations in Accra
In 2012 WOMEC organized a radio talk show on UNIIQ FM of GBC to create a platform for female parliamentary candidates in the 2012 elections
In 2011 WOMEC organized 6-weeks training in Computer literacy for girls in second cycle schools at Dome, Accra
In August 2010, WOMEC with support from the Global Fund for Women organized a 3-day ICT training workshop for 15 female journalists from the print and electronic media houses in Ghana.
In May 2010, WOMEC in partnership with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) organized a national media practitioners workshop on using the media to promote women’s housing and land rights in Ghana
Again in 2010, WOMEC published the second edition of the Female Parliamentarian Newsletter The Female Parliamentarian is a 24-page newsletter that focuses on the achievements and challenges of female parliamentarians and women in leadership positions.
In 2009 WOMEC organized a media sensitization workshop on the theme, “Promoting visibility for women in leadership in Ghana. One workshop was held in Kumasi for the Northern sector and another one was held in Accra the Southern sector.
In January 2008 – WOMEC with support from The Global Fund for Women organized a three-day media training workshop on “Effective Reporting on Women, HIV and AIDS” for female journalists from all the ten regions of Ghana in Accra
Again in September 2008- WOMEC with support from the African Women Development Fund (AWDF) organized a follow up three-day media training workshop and field trip for female journalists from the ten regions of Ghana on “Effective Reporting on Women, HIV and AIDS” in Dodowa.
In October 2008 – WOMEC with support from ABANTU for Development organized a two-day capacity building workshop on “Enhancing Women’s Leadership and Participation in Election 2008” for thirty journalists from five regions (Southern Zone) at Accra, Ghana.
In October 2008 – WOMEC with support from ABANTU for Development organized a two-day capacity building workshop on “Enhancing Women’s Leadership and Participation in Election 2008” for thirty journalists from five regions (Northern Zone) at Kumasi in Ghana.
- In June 2007, WOMEC organised a capacity building workshop for 20 female journalists from both private and public media houses in Ghana. The workshop was aimed at building the capacity of female journalists to enable them report from a gender perspective.
- Again in June 2007, WOMEC coordinated SOAWR public forum toward the African Union (AU) Summits held in Accra, Ghana to ensure that the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa remains on the agenda of policy makers.
- In April 2007, WOMEC organized a field trip to Dodowa Health Research Centre.
- In November 2006 – WOMEC in partnership with INDEPTH Network/ Malaria Clinical Trials Alliance (MCTA) organized a five day Media Training Workshop on Malaria Research Reporting in Africa for 20 Journalist from across Africa.
- Following the November 2006-meeting, WOMEC co-founded African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN) – a network of African journalists and scientists working together to eradicate malaria in Africa. Participating journalists and scientists from The Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania. Read more about AMMREN on www.ammren.org.
- In August 2006 – WOMEC worked with six women living with HIV to produce radio diaries. Six radio journalists were trained to partner with HIV positive women to act as mentors and to assist with the production of radio diaries of women living with HIV. The project is with support from INTERNEWS, USA.
- In April 2006, WOMEC- launched the first edition of “The Female Parliamentarian”. The Newsletter was produced and published by WOMEC with support from ActionAid International and UNDP-Ghana.
- In April 2006-WOMEC with support from CIDA, DANIDA/Abantu for Development organized the first phase of workshop for 35 journalists from 5 regions of Ghana on the Promotion of Women’s Participation in Local Governance.
- In June 2006-WOMEC with support from CIDA, DANIDA/ABANTU for Development organized the second phase of workshop for 35 journalists from 5 regions of Ghana on the promotion of women in local governance.
In September 2005, WOMEC as a nominee for an award at the Pan African Women’s Invent and Innovate Conference. (PAWII) in the “Capacity Building Initiatives and Projects” Division, put up a stand at the PAWII exhibition. The theme was “Celebrating Women in ICT”.
In 2004, WOMEC, with support from UN System Gender Program conducted a training workshop for 50 media practitioners from six regions on Mainstreaming Gender Coverage in Elections 2004.
In 2004 WOMEC, again in collaboration with UN System Gender Program with support from CIDA-Ghana conducted a three-day workshop that brought together 25 media personnel (drawn from the Southern Belt) from both the print and electronic media to sensitize journalists to promote gender mainstreaming in media.
- In 2003 WOMEC organized a Reflection Seminar for female parliamentarians with the aim of developing media skills, tools and practices for effective participation of women in parliament. Funding was from the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy
- Again in 2003, WOMEC in collaboration with Prolink Organization and funding from Action Aid, Ghana organized a training workshop for media personnel. The workshop was aimed at training media personnel on correct media reporting on HIV/AIDS.
- WOMEC also in 2003, produced IE&C materials for the Society of Women Against AIDS in Africa (SWAA-Ghana) and the DANIDA Female Condom Use Promotion Project
In 2000, WOMEC conducted media skills training for female parliamentary candidates in the December 2000 elections in Ghana. The training focused on effective use of the media in campaigns and presentation techniques. It was sponsored by The U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana.
The Consortium for Mothers, Children, Adolescents and Health Policy and Systems Strengthening (COMCAHPSS) in collaboration the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), with funding from the International Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada is running a three-year Women, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (WNCAW) project in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger and Sierra Leone through research and community scorecard assessment programmes, among other activities, to inform policy change for an improved WNCAW in West Africa.
As part of efforts to empower the media to support the WNCAW project, Women, Media and Change (WOMEC), in partnership with the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) is undertaking a series of media engagement activities to promote the WNCAW project through sustained advocacy and dissemination of the findings from a community assessment programme and other research activities under the WNCAW project. Selected journalists are to be trained at both national and sub-national levels to effectively report and disseminate the WNCAW processes and the Community Score Card (CSC) findings.
Therefore, as part of the media advocacy programme and to disseminate the CSC findings, a series of media training are to be organised in the countries where the WNCAW project is being carried out.
The first in a series of the media training programmes under the WNCAW project was held on March 3, 2020 at Kpeve in the South Dayi district of the Volta region of Ghana for twelve (12) journalists from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta regions of Ghana.
This media training programme was held alongside a community interface programme in Kpeve to disseminate finding from the community score card assessment carried out in 2019 in the South Dayi and Akyemansa districts of the Volta and Eastern regions of Ghana. The joint event was attended by health workers, government officials, community members, journalists and other key stakeholders.