The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (1979) (article 3) states that equal access to and representation of women in the media are crucial to ensuring proper coverage of issues of concern to women and to enable their full participation in public decision making.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) (article 13) clearly establishes not only children’s right to freedom of expression, but also their right to have their views heard and to be given due weight in matters concerning them. Children are to be given effective opportunities to provide input into public decisions affecting them, for example in the areas of education, health and prevention of crime.
Despite some recent progress, women and youth continue to be excluded from political and economic participation in many part of the world. Oftentimes, it is the combination of cultural and legal and regulatory barriers that prevents them from participation.
Is it reasonable in a democracy to restrict women and young people from participating in decisions and actions at local and regional levels? Are you satisfied with how democracy works in your country?
Reflection Activity for Certificate Students
eJournal Reflection Activity 3.2 (about 20 minutes)
Log in to the Mahara ePortfolio Website. In your learning journal, share your thoughts on the questions. Title the entry, “Reflection Activity 3.2”.
If you need help writing an eJournal, please refer to the Learning Journal. If you need help posting your reflection, please refer to the Mahara Learning Journal Guide.