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Nextep organization concludes the ”We dialogue” project with a session about the correct concept of gender equality.

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Nextep organization concludes its series of dialogue sessions in its “We dialogue” project . The sixth and last session centered on the prevalence of gender equality in the northeastern Syrian society, and the application of gender-sensitivity in the media and civil society organizations. The session was held on 11/12/2021, in the organization’s HQ in the city of Qamishli.

The session was attended by 13 people working in the field of media and civil society in order to discuss the effects of misconceptions of gender equality on the current situation, and the obstacles faced by journalists and civil activists when they raise gender sensitivity issues.
The participants presented different definitions for the gender equality concept. Some defined it as the equality of opportunity; others defined it as the shared life between the two genders and the social role of men and women, which has been controlled by societal norms and stereotypes that constrict women’s role in society.

The participants agreed that the misunderstanding of this concept has many side effects that can be counterproductive to society, including: consolidating stereotypes that limit women’s freedom in making their own life choices and perpetuating the absence of laws that protect women when they are subjected to various types of violations. Participants also reviewed the social mores that play a role in limiting gender equality.

With regard to the media’s role in spreading gender equality and gender sensitivity in their work, the attendees pointed out the necessity of applying neutral language in all types of reports as a first step toward spreading gender equality. The participants touched upon some challenges that get in the way of achieving gender equality, such as the lack of gender sensitivity in some media organizations’ editorial policies.

The session presented a set of recommendations that would contribute to spreading the concept of gender equality, including holding a media conference that includes the largest possible number of media organizations and media professionals in order to discuss the obstacles that stand in the way of gender sensitization in the media, addressing capacity for journalists and civil workers regarding gender sensitivity issues, incorporating the concept of gender equality into the project proposals to donors, and conducting awareness campaigns to spread the concept of gender equality.