Indigenous women lack access, participation and voice in the media

Maru Chávez Fonseca comes from Mexico and did her study at at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During Perestroika, a political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the 1980s until 1991, Maru received a scholarship to pursue her university studies in journalism at the Moscow State University in Russia. She has devoted the last 20 years to designing radio communication strategies with a feminist and human rights approach. In particular, she has been dedicated to strengthening community and Indigenous media and the participation of women in media in exercising their right to freedom of expression.

In this program Maru discusses various challenges faced by indigenous women journalists, role of media in increasing access, voice and participation of indigenous women in media. She says that there has been challenge for Indigenous women to have access, participation and voice in the media. There is need to have women’s leadership, perspective and participation in indigenous communication in order to strengthen indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination. Moreover, in order to raise awareness among indigenous women about their rights and equally for facilitating gender ideologies about indigenous women, media and equally participation of indigenous women’s in media plays a large role.

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