World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)

The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) is an international organization that promotes communication as a basic human right, essential to people's dignity and community. Rooted in Christian faith, WACC works with all those denied the right to communicate because of status, identity, or gender. It advocates full access to information and communication, and promotes open and diverse media. WACC strengthens networks of communicators to advance peace, understanding and justice.

World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)
308 Main Street
Toronto, Ontario M4C 4X7
Canada
+1 416 691 1999
http://waccglobal.org

General Secretary

Karin Achtelstetter

Management Team

Lavinia Mohr, Philip Lee, Lavinia Mohr

Board of Directors

Lavinia Mohr, Karin W Achtelstetter, Philip Lee, Lavinia Mohr

Project Leaders

Philip Lee

Mission

The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) is an international organization that promotes communication as a basic human right, essential to people's dignity and community. Rooted in Christian faith, WACC works with all those denied the right to communicate because of status, identity, or gender. It advocates full access to information and communication, and promotes open and diverse media. WACC strengthens networks of communicators to advance peace, understanding and justice.

Programs

Recognising and Building Communication Rights: Claiming and using communication rights are integral to shaping societies that fully respond to human needs and people everywhere needs to improve their economic, political, social and cultural lives. Attaining communication rights for women is a step towards gender equality. Projects will claim and build communication rights for human development, social inclusion, and participatory citizenship, as well as creating an enabling environment by advancing awareness and recognition of communication rights locally, nationally or internationally. Objectives: Increase awareness and recognition of communication rights as a human right and as a part of fair and sustainable political, social, cultural and economic development. Promote awareness and recognition of women's communication rights. Advance the communication rights of marginalised groups including indigenous and tribal peoples, disabled people, refugees, migrants and others, or strengthen their communication capacity through training, equipment acquisition, networking, research and advocacy. Enable communities to access and make use of appropriate information and communication technologies. For more resources on communication rights, please visit WACC's Centre for Communication Rights portal: www.centreforcommunicationrights.org/ Media and Gender Justice: Stereotyped and unequal representation of women and men in the mainstream media contributes to gender based discrimination and female poverty and is a major impediment to attaining gender equality, sustainable development and communication rights for all. WACC works with partners around the world to advance gender justice by promoting the fair and balanced representation of women and men in the media. Objectives: Develop the capacity of organisations working on gender and media issues to monitor the media from a gender perspective. Build the capacity of organisations working on gender and media issues to advocate/campaign for gender-sensitive media. Establish a relationship with the media to develop policies, guidelines and codes of conduct for gender-sensitive media. Promote media literacy from a gender perspective with a particular focus on media literacy work with young women. For more information on Media and Gender Justice, please visit: www.waccglobal.org/en/programmes/media-and-gender-justice/1422-media-and-gender-justice-further-info.html For more information on the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), please visit: www.whomakesthenews.org Communication for Peace: Communication for peaceful co-existence supports the emergence of tolerant and well-integrated societies at local, national and global levels. Peaceful societies are founded on political, economic, social and gender justice. The churches and other civil society organisations are uniquely positioned to advance mutual understanding, peace and justice, and the integrity of creation. Projects will put into action peace journalism and other communication strategies contributing to conflict prevention and a culture of peace. Objectives: Strengthen media and other communication practices that advance non-violent transformation of local and national conflicts. Promote media activities aimed at building a culture of peace. Amplify the voices of women and men working to make peace possible. For more information on Communication for Peace, please visit: www.waccglobal.org/en/programmes/communication-for-peace.html Communication and Poverty: Poverty includes communication poverty. Strengthening the voices of people living in poverty improves understandings and actions aimed at addressing poverty, injustice and inequality and can inform and influence public agendas locally, nationally and internationally Adequate access to knowledge and information helps poor communities work for a better future. Projects will claim and build the communication rights of people living in poverty and strive for better representation of poverty in the media. Objectives: Claim and build communication rights to support poor women and men taking action to address poverty, injustice and the growing feminisation of poverty. Employ communication strategies and practices to achieve a stronger voice for the poor, marginalised and excluded in shaping local and national decision making. Promote the development of transparent public communication policies, including the right to information of people living in poverty. Improve the quality and quantity of media representations of poverty For more information on Communication and Poverty, please visit: www.waccglobal.org/en/programmes/communication-and-poverty.html HIV and AIDS, Communication and Stigma: Stigmatisation and discrimination towards people living with HIV and AIDS increases the difficulties they experience, fuels the spread of HIV and increases the harm it causes. Many well-meaning efforts to address HIV and AIDS are insensitive to gender issues. This programme supports communication strategies that are gender sensitive to change stigmatising and discriminatory behaviour that contributes to the spread of HIV and the harm it causes. Objectives: Promote and communicate better understanding and greater awareness of HIV and AIDS and their stigmatising and discriminatory effects among people of influence. Train church and community leaders, youth leaders, women's groups and human rights activists in communication skills and strategies to reduce stigma, discrimination and denial. Equip persons living with or affected by HIV and AIDS with communication skills and train them to develop strategies and tools to address stigma and discrimination, including self-stigmatisation. Empower grassroots groups and individuals to communicate "success" stories on how people are reducing stigma and discrimination. For more information on HIV and AIDS, Communication and Stigma, please visit: www.waccglobal.org/en/programmes/hiv-and-aids-communication-and-stigma.html Communication for Ecumenism: This area of work aims to support ecumenical communication that reflects WACC's Christian Principles of Communication. Projects will implement communication strategies and practices aimed at greater tolerance and enhanced capacity of faith-based groups to relate to each other in constructive ways. Objectives: Strengthen communication initiatives and practices that enable women and men of different denominations to act together to build community. Support communication practices advancing ecumenism through representing religious and cultural difference in a fair and balanced way. For more information on Communication for Ecumenism, please visit: www.waccglobal.org/en/programmes/communication-for-ecumenism.html For more information on WACC's Christian Principles of Communication, please visit: www.waccglobal.org/en/about-wacc/principles.html

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