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On Thursday, June 16, 2011, Women’s eNews and Global Press Institute, with the support of GoogleServe, will co-host Global Connect! – a one-day gender justice and technology training event to empower women from the Diaspora living in New York City.
GoogleServe – the volunteer arm of Google – will provide technical guidance using Google Applications to coach attendees on news writing, editing and reporting, enabling participants to amplify their voices in their communities and online following the event.
Space is limited to 25 women, facilitating the production of enhanced reporting on gender justice themes from local communities to locations across the globe.
Global Connect! creates an opportunity for local media and writers to improve their knowledge and sensitivity in reporting on gender justice issues. The training will strengthen connections between local and global communities through Women’s eNews’ and Global Press Institute’s international news desks, and bring issues effecting women’s participation in society to the forefront of reporting.
The training will be led by Cristi Hegranes, founder of Global Press Institute, and a 2008 Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century award recipient, and Juhie Bhatia, Women’s eNews’ managing editor. Google New York's team will be led by Cherie Hannouche.
Six women from the training session will become writers on retainer for a special series published by Women’s eNews, providing commentary and reaction on articles published from their country of origin by both Women’s eNews and Global Press Institute.
For more information please contact Charlotte Cooper at