Women account for the tiniest fraction of media content producers. As the Celluloid Ceiling 2012 Report indicates, western women of account for just 18% of directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors.
Unfortunately, African women are virtually absent from this equation. The few Guinean women that have access to viewing media content are inundated with stereotypes created by men that often portray them as hypersexualized, economically dependent, manipulative, ignorant and powerless. But Shouting Fire Media is rewriting that old script with Femme Media F.O.C.U.S.
Our program gives girls and women ages 8 and up an opportunity to express themselves creatively while supporting academic and professional development.
The writing elements of our program enhance student performance in the classroom. The computer, camera and other technical training provides highly sought after skills. In Guinea, there is a huge demand for media yet there are few institutions that offer such training.
Our program introduces participants to a coveted career path in independent storytelling and media production. But, perhaps the most important component is that the process of authoring and sharing stories is liberating and empowering in it's own right.
Femme Media F.O.C.U.S. training includes:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cutting-Edge Media-Based Program to Build Capacity in Girls and Women
CONAKRY, GUINEA, WEST AFRICA March 8, 2017 Shouting Fire Media NGO (SFM) has been awarded a grant from the United States Embassy Public Affairs Office in support of it’s Femme Media F.O.C.U.S. program.
This grant will allow SFM to provide girls and young woman with six months of free training in Media Production, Computer Technology, English and Community Activism. Participants will learn highly sought after skills: Operating Still and Video Cameras, Business English, Microsoft Office Suite and Writing for Social Media to name a few.
According to Marla Moore, SFM Executive Director, “Guinean women and girls are tough, intelligent and resourceful in the endless pursuit of caring for their families. Technical training increases their value in the workforce and inspires them to become entrepreneurs. As few academic institutions have computer labs this type of education is hard to come by. We are so grateful for the Public Affairs Office’s visionary partnership. ”
Femme Media F.O.C.U.S. program commences in June, 2017. Applications for participants will be announced in early April via website, social media, radio, local television and other news outlets.
Shouting Fire Media Guinee NGO, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to fighting poverty by providing education in Media Production, Computer Technology, English, Entrepreneurship and Art. For more information, visit www.shoutingfiremedia.org; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; phone, 224 655 2020 13.