Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC), Lebanon/Egypt
Secular and religious media in the Middle East tend to be monolithic rather than pluralistic, built on adherence to social binaries, and mindsets of self versus other. In order to positively transform society, it is necessary to train media audiences to think critically about media messages and to challenge the worldviews presented in the media. This project will bring together Christians from across the Arab region for training in media analysis. Media products popular in the Arab world including films, videos, advertisements, and samples of religious programming will be analyzed to reveal the values propagated vis-à-vis human rights in general and gender justice in particular. The training will encourage participants to enter into dialogue with production companies, broadcasters, newspapers and magazines. The project’s long-term objective is to develop a generation of citizens with skills to challenge one-sided and simplistic portrayals of both self and other, especially those related to gender injustice. The project is an initiative of the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC) based in Lebanon. FMEEC’s purpose includes developing a core group of women and men leaders in churches in the region.
Contact: Ms Rosangela Jarjour