This chapter focuses on two events that preceded the IWY intergovernmental conference and NGO tribune: a “journalists’ encounter” and a seminar on women in development. The journalists’ encounter was organized by the UN’s information agency, which sponsored Third World media fellows and invited scores of other journalists to discuss media coverage of women, an issue of considerable interest among feminist activists and IWY planners. The development seminar was sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) via the American Association for the Advancement of Science and focused on crafting development strategies that would improve rather than diminish women’s status. Discussions included women’s access to credit, recognition of women’s uncommodified subsistence labors, and greater attention to local priorities and solutions. The chapter explores how these two issues intersected as Third World intellectuals protested against Western domination of media representations, echoing feminist concerns about male-dominated mass communications media.
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