|Media play key role in poverty reduction|
By Maria Teresa Aveggio, Programme Manager, Communication and Poverty, WACC
WACC believes that in any anti-poverty strategy the inclusion of voices of people living in poverty is a key factor. Its programme on communication and poverty seeks to claim and build communication rights to support women and men taking action to address poverty. In this context, representation of poverty in the media can play a key role to inform and influence public agendas. Has representation of poverty in the media been just and fair? Does that representation really convey all the dimensions of poverty and how it affects peoples’ lives and people’s right to live their lives with dignity and self respect?.
In its series ‘Living with Poverty’, Panos London (http://www.panos.org.uk/?lid=3791)has been examining the presence of the voices of the poor in the development and implementation of the poverty reduction strategies put into place by some countries in Asia and Africa. In particular Panos’ series examines the role of the media in ‘enhancing transparency, accountability and ownership of the process’.
Read the testimony and witness of some of the women and men living in poverty in Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia and Pakistan http://www.panos.org.uk/?lid=20184