Online discussion on "Enhancing EIGE’s Partnership with Academia, Civil Society and Media"

19 Nov '15 Thu 08:00 CEST11/20/2015 12:00am EuroGender Online Discussion public Online discussion on "Enhancing EIGE’s Partnership with Academia, Civil Society and Media" Europe/Vilnius 11/19/2015 9:00am
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Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

[quote=Foundation FRIDA]

Other suggestion - for EIGE to share its database on other European women's rights organizations in order to find partners, organize meetings, and share the experience.

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Thank you, this is important: what kind of networking could EIGE offer? Also, do you think Eurogender, the website where we are having this discussion, can be used as such a database? Have you tried it out?

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

[quote=Foundation FRIDA]

Foundation FRIDA would like to know about the ways to invite EIGE specialists to events, conferences, etc. For example, we would like to invite Jolanta Reingarde or other expert who could participate in our conference on December 10th called "Domestic violence in relation to gender (in)equality".

Other suggestion - for EIGE to share its database on other European women's rights organizations in order to find partners, organize meetings, and share the experience.

Thank you.

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Dear colleagues,

Please allow me to thank you first  for joining our online discussion. EuroGender allows any of its members to promote its gender-related events or  projects. Just go on the upper right corner, click create, choose event and fill in the form. We are publicising the events on EIGE website/social media accounts.

As for invitation to EIGE, you can address a written invitation to our secretariat. 

andrei ionescu's picture

[quote=Daiva Repečkaitė][quote=andrei ionescu]

Also I am expert in chance equality of Romanian government certificated by Ministry of Labour.

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Andrei, we would like to hear from you, too. When you communicate equality issues to policymakers, what kind of feedback do you get as an expert? How do you need to frame the message so that they understand and engage with it?

until now it was quite easy to communicate with policymakers involved, but till now hope to have good relationships with them and understand this new trend in european countries!

Daiva Repečkaitė

Can you please provide some more specific insights? How do they 'consume' the information you provide? Do you mostly deal with their advisers?

Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

Some of you are new to Eurogender and have only joined it for this discussion. How do you find it? There is a database of organisations and individuals with public profiles, and a calendar of events.

Marina Augusta Constantinoiu's picture

[quote=Daiva Repečkaitė]

[New users] You are welcome to join the chat and present yourself and your areas of interest at any time.

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As a media representative, what I can say is that mentaining a permanent contact with the media, sending infos via emails, posting details on social media, inviting journalist to attend different events is the best way to keep awake their interest for EIGE's activities.

Thake into account the fact that in our region, Sout-East Europe, the media landscape is in a permanent change, due to huge financial problems and that the journalists are in many cases in a difficult, if not impossible position to carry out their job. And also that the EU membership for many of the ex-communist states didn't help the media to survive.

Daiva Repečkaitė

Aren't they suffering from email fatigue? How can information be better targeted?

Irina Costache's picture

[quote=Irina Costache][quote=Daiva Repečkaitė]

Would it be useful to receive updates from EIGE thorough an EIGE App?

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I would like an app sure! I am somewhat using one on Human rights of women and girls produced by Bern University I think. Its useful for advocates especially during conferences and consultations - quick and easy to find legal texts on women's human rights - it more content oriented app rather then communication oriented - but id be interested in testing an EIGE app

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http://www.womenshumanrights.ch/overview.html

Alexandrina Satnoianu

Many thanks Irina for giving us the example of an App you find useful in our area of work! At the moment, we are gathering feedback on the idea of developing an App. So, we are still in the research phase.

Any other communication tools you are using and find very useful?

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

Have just installed the app Irina has suggested - http://www.womenshumanrights.ch/overview.html. It comprises excerpts from legal texts/ UN resolutions related to women's rights and I found it very usefu l!!! Are you using any similar apps that support your work?

An EIGE App is one suggestion of new media tool. Do you have any other suggestions for online communications?

What about print and physical events?

Edith Stohl's picture

Dear All,

I am Austrian TV journalist doing documentaries for ORF on lot of women topics. I used to be equal opportunity officer at ORF and will be president of women in the media network Austria.

I think all the things happening ffrom EIGE are useful and good. But I also think that conferences, meetings and to get to know each other person to person is the best way to communicate, learn from each others experience and what is really happening in a country. I participated in several meetings organised by EIGE and I would appreciate to do this again.

And another suggestion of mine: EIGE should publish an event calender of all relevant womans issues from govermental to NGO to all other womens organisations. I heard for example from a conference which will be organised in Paris in February on surrogates which I think is a highly political subject where different womens organisations should raise their voice.

Thank you for this opportunity I only can come back to you late afternoon

Edith

Daiva Repečkaitė

Welcome and thank you, Edith!
Do you think Eurogender could serve this purpose of alerting the network of relevant events, or should it be another tool?

Alexandrina Satnoianu

Dear Edith,

We thank you very much for your valuable input! Indeed, physical meetings have their role to play in building a stronger partnership between EIGE and media. As for events calendar, we have one that is on EuroGender and displayed on EIGE website. We know it is a valuable tool, thus we are constantly inviting all gender equality stakeholders - though EIGE newsletter and social media channels - to post their gender-related events in there. We are posting ourselves our events and some from EU institutions working in the field of gender equality, but we don't have human resources to dedicate entirely for this huge task.

The updated version of EuroGender will allow colour tagging, we one will be able to spot immediately which type of events are and at what level are they organised (EU/ national/ regional).

Therefore, the kind invitation to all EuroGender members is to reflect their gender-related in the calendar and post the events themselves. Just click on Create + in the upper right corner, fill all compulsory fields and with save you have the event in the Calendar.

We are able to assist you, so write to us at: eurogender@eige.europa.eu

Irina Costache's picture

Dear all,

Thank you for this engaging morning. I will need to leave the discussion at this point as other duties await.

I also believe that in person communication is unbeatable and crucial for this field but how to do more of that and juggle time and financial resources I have little clue.

Looking forward for the final minutes of this discussion and thank you once again Alexandrina and Daiva for questions and invitation.

all best,

Irina Costache

Alexandrina Satnoianu

Thank you Irina for your valuable input!

We will provide all participants with the report of the online discussion in maximum two-weeks and we see from there :)

If you have some other suggestions, please just write a comment! the page remains open for the rest of the day.

Alex

Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

At 1 pm CET we are starting a new section,

Suggestions for the new EIGE’s communication strategy and stakeholder engagements strategy 2016-2018

Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

Knowing more about EIGE and its work, would you be interested to act as EIGE’s multiplier of information? For example:

  • Sharing information on EIGE’s work with your peers/students/members

  • Writing articles based on on EIGE’s findings

  • Would you suggest something else?

Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

In general, do you think EIGE's data and information is perceived as scientifically robust in your countries? Or would other media/ NGOs rather request such data from universities?

Marina Augusta Constantinoiu's picture

[quote=Daiva Repečkaitė]

At 1 pm CET we are starting a new section,

Suggestions for the new EIGE’s communication strategy and stakeholder engagements strategy 2016-2018

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No, I don't think we're suffering from email fatigue. I hope not!

I give you the example of Romania, where only some of the news TV stations are able to cover a large majority of domains. The rest of the media, online and what remained from the printed media (the 4 national quality daily newspapers TOGETHER have under 50.000 copies daily!!!) are underfinanced, only rarely journalists are able to write features, to have interviews, to travel in order to discover the real life outside their cities and in many cases even making a phone call INSIDE Romania is too complicate, due to unpaid contracts or salaries! Long story. So imagine that the main sourse of information is the Internet in 90% of the cases.

Daiva Repečkaitė

That's still more quality dailies than in Lithuania, but of course, the population is larger, too :)
Sure, they find their information online, but do you think it would occur to them to search their emails for relevant newsletters when they decide to cover some topic?

Alexandrina Satnoianu

Marina, you know best the journalistic landscape in Romania and you are a journalist yourself? Do you see interest for covering gender-related issues? If not, how should we raise awareness and interest from national media? And for those journalist that are gender-aware, how should we deliver timely & relevant information? Through which channels and tools? With what frequency?

Marina Augusta Constantinoiu's picture

[quote=Marina Augusta Constantinoiu][quote=Daiva Repečkaitė]

At 1 pm CET we are starting a new section,

Suggestions for the new EIGE’s communication strategy and stakeholder engagements strategy 2016-2018

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No, I don't think we're suffering from email fatigue. I hope not!

I give you the example of Romania, where only some of the news TV stations are able to cover a large majority of domains. The rest of the media, online and what remained from the printed media (the 4 national quality daily newspapers TOGETHER have under 50.000 copies daily!!!) are underfinanced, only rarely journalists are able to write features, to have interviews, to travel in order to discover the real life outside their cities and in many cases even making a phone call INSIDE Romania is too complicate, due to unpaid contracts or salaries! Long story. So imagine that the main sourse of information is the Internet in 90% of the cases.

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We speak now about the media represantatives, of course. They shoud go to the emails and Internet and search for the infos provided by EIGE, at least they are free and documented. And say thanks for having a good source of information and tools.

Talking about the population: we're around 20 mln. Less than 50,000 copies for 4 dailies together means the print is already dead here. And the online didn't represent the solution.

Daiva Repečkaitė

Sure, but perhaps they would be wary of republishing sources from the public sector without their own additional, independent research? Or is it not a problem?

Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

[quote=Marina Augusta Constantinoiu]

So imagine that the main sourse of information is the Internet in 90% of the cases.

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An important question raised by Alexandrina: which frequency is suitable for sending EIGE's updates?

Marina Augusta Constantinoiu's picture

[quote=Marina Augusta Constantinoiu][quote=Marina Augusta Constantinoiu][quote=Daiva Repečkaitė]

At 1 pm CET we are starting a new section,

Suggestions for the new EIGE’s communication strategy and stakeholder engagements strategy 2016-2018

[/quote]

No, I don't think we're suffering from email fatigue. I hope not!

I give you the example of Romania, where only some of the news TV stations are able to cover a large majority of domains. The rest of the media, online and what remained from the printed media (the 4 national quality daily newspapers TOGETHER have under 50.000 copies daily!!!) are underfinanced, only rarely journalists are able to write features, to have interviews, to travel in order to discover the real life outside their cities and in many cases even making a phone call INSIDE Romania is too complicate, due to unpaid contracts or salaries! Long story. So imagine that the main sourse of information is the Internet in 90% of the cases.

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We speak now about the media represantatives, of course. They shoud go to the emails and Internet and search for the infos provided by EIGE, at least they are free and documented. And say thanks for having a good source of information and tools.

Talking about the population: we're around 20 mln. Less than 50,000 copies for 4 dailies together means the print is already dead here. And the online didn't represent the solution.

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Alexandrina: Yes, I know very well the journalistic landscape here in Romania, I am a journalist since my first year as student at the University, since 1990.  If I see interest here in covering gender-related issues? No a big one, I have to recognise, we preffer the political scandal. But if you find good journalist who are interested in such issues - very important, by the way, in a country with many gender-related problems - you should encourage them. You did it with some of us, which is good. Continue the good job!

Daiva: Not quite a problem. If there is a lack of information, even this way is working.

I also think that if you find articles in the European media related to our field of interest, stories about cases who might become models for other countries, you should have a signal on the social media.

English, German, French and Spanish are the languages that most of the journalists speak, so they can find inspiring stories.

By the way, there is an interesting article here:

http://www.lexpress.fr/emploi/gestion-carriere/dans-118-ans-il-n-y-aura-...

Marina Augusta Constantinoiu's picture

[quote=Daiva Repečkaitė][quote=Marina Augusta Constantinoiu]

So imagine that the main sourse of information is the Internet in 90% of the cases.

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An important question raised by Alexandrina: which frequency is suitable for sending EIGE's updates?

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AS IT HAPPENS! 

We are online, print, audi-visual, bloggers etc. We have to publish NOW the information, not later. Everything happens "now", not tomorrow, not next week. This is crucial for the journalists.

Marina Augusta Constantinoiu's picture

[quote=Marina Augusta Constantinoiu][quote=Daiva Repečkaitė][quote=Marina Augusta Constantinoiu]

So imagine that the main sourse of information is the Internet in 90% of the cases.

[/quote]

An important question raised by Alexandrina: which frequency is suitable for sending EIGE's updates?

[/quote]

AS IT HAPPENS! 

We are online, print, audi-visual, bloggers etc. We have to publish NOW the information, not later. Everything happens "now", not tomorrow, not next week. This is crucial for the journalists.

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I have to leave for an hour, don't know if I'll find you here when back at the computer. 

A big thank you for this day and conversation, it was a first for me,  I usually hardly find a minute out of my routine - 24/24 work... Even when I sleep I dream about unred emails or who knows which tasks.

Thank you all and see you soon!

Marina

Alexandrina Satnoianu

Many thanks Marina!

You provided us with really valuable input!
We have already listed frequent information, ready-to-use, analysed for journalists to use. Any largely circulated language will do. Daiva will extract some more recommendations!

We thank you once more!

Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

Is there anything you would like to add to the online discussion?

European Women's Lobby 's picture

Dear all, 

Due to meetings, I just joined the conversation. I am scrolling trhough your discussion which is absolutely brilliant! I am Elvira Buijink, the Communications and Media Officer of the European Women's Lobby (EWL) www.womenlobby.org As discussed with EIGE already we would love to work more and better together on the communications level.

I myself am at the moment drafting a new communications strategy for the EWL, which is a challenge but very interesting.

Hope we keep in touch, I will now read a bit more of what has been discussed today.

Best from Brussels,

Elvira

buijink@womenlobby.org
@elvirabui
 

Daiva Repečkaitė

Welcome and great to hear from you! What would you name as the main challenge?
I will follow you on twitter immediately :)

European Women's Lobby 's picture

There has been also the idea to create an 'informal' "Communicating gender inequality' network. Would this be something participants of this discussion would be interested in? Part of the network would be communications & media officers, press officers, journalists, ... We could share best practices, get trainings together, share skills....

Elvira

Daiva Repečkaitė

This is a great idea, but what kind of platform can be used? One of the existing social networks?

Ms Sáfrány, Réka's picture

Dear All, 

Good afternoon. 

My name is Reka Safrany, I am the Secretary of the Hungarian Women's Lobby.

I have found today's discussion very interesting and relevant. EIGE's newletters, research topics and publications are really important for our lobbying work and we circulate these quite widely.

An EIGE app would indeed be very-very useful. Furthermore, country pages would also be great, for our country it would fill a gap for sure.

Best regards,

Reka Safrany

European Women's Lobby 's picture

Maybe we could use this tool https://www.yammer.com/ ?

Create a group there and try to find a way to organise a meeting? In Brussels or Vilnius? :-)

I follow you on Twitter too Daiva!

Ms Sáfrány, Réka's picture

I suppose the country pages could summarize the available information/data on the given country in all the different research areas EIGE has covered. It would perhaps make the information that is already available and searchable on EIGE's website a little more accessible and structured, which would help decision-makers as well as the media find relevant information more easily. The Gender Equality Index country pages are really good examples but it seems that there is more available information that could also be pointed out :-)

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

[quote=European Women's Lobby]

There has been also the idea to create an 'informal' "Communicating gender inequality' network. Would this be something participants of this discussion would be interested in? 

Elvira

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Hi Elvira, 

We were discussing this idea some time ago. I am happy to see it alive again!

Ms Sáfrány, Réka's picture

Thank you :-) These are extremely useful already, a real milestone for gender equality in Europe.

We would also welcome the idea of a more informal communication network :-)

Will have to finish my short visit, thank you very much :-)

Best regards,

Reka Safrany

Alexandrina Satnoianu

Thank you Reka!

We have noted the suggestion for an informal network on communicating gender!
Soon will send you all the report of the online discussion and we build from there!

Thank you once more!

Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

In summary, the main points are:

  • Two-way communication of the Gender Equality Index: for experts and for non-specialist audiences. In the latter, the dimensions of the index could be rephrased into simple descriptions and translated into national languages. To some extent this also applies for gender statistics.

  • Developed products for journalists as they often don’t have time to search for data. Frequency? As ‘hot’ as possible.

  • Gender mainstreaming toolkit for integrating the gender perspective horizontally, in projects that do not directly target gender inequalities. The suggested form is a set of good practices.

  • More face-to-face meetings and country visits by EIGE staff.

  • Additional networking opportunities and databases for NGOs; an informal network to share best practices, skills and ideas.

  • Permanent contact with media through face-to-face meetings, social media and newsletters on all topics. In countries with pressing financial constraints for media, journalists are likely to appreciate quality data that arrives directly to their inbox.

  • Opinions to the idea of an EIGE app are favourable, this is a good practice example: http://www.womenshumanrights.ch/overview.html

  • Tailoring country-specific information needs not only translation, but also country pages.

Nicolaas Vlaeminck's picture

Dear colleagues, experts

Getting EIGE's knowledge known, appreciated and used is crucial.

In the margin of this EIGE has been building up some very speficic expertise in some domains, also in what I'd like to call Gender Communication: without going to much in detail this touches upon various areas on the crossing of gender equality and communication: women and media/adertising, women and language, neutral language, structrual and strategic communication, private and public communication structures and the involvement of women and men, gender mainstreaming,....

EIGE wants to play a role, if not as a Member, maybe as a partner, in an informal or formal platform or network on the topic of Gender Communication. 

Discussions between EWL and Equinet were held at a very preliminary stage and I like to see there is a genuine interest for the development of at least an informal network.

This is great.

Daiva Repečkaitė's picture

We thank you for your contributions! We will analyse them and take them into account while preparing the communications strategy.

The page remains open for the rest of today, but we are saying goodbye to you and look forward to hearing from you again!

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

We thank you all for your valuable input and committment to gender equality! It was great to be online with you!

We are going to upload the transcript of the online discussion tomorrow and in a couple of weeks the report summing-up all your suggestions!

Preliminary, we can try an workspace on EuroGender for all those interested in communicating gender and upgrading skills in this area. 

Until then, I wish you all a nice evening!