The Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT), Egypt
Founded as NGO in 1990, “Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development” (ACT) has started working in marginalised areas and governorates of Upper Egypt, where cultural traditions are biased against women, and where patriarchal relations are dominant, in addition to extreme poverty and ignorance. Its main goals consist in fighting violence against women, strengthening and building capacities of non-governmental organisations, media institutions, media persons and journalists to create mechanisms and strategies, in order to confront this violence as well as a violence- free society that achieves welfare, that respects human rights for both men and women, believes in equality and democracy as a path towards sustainable just development. ACT is a founding member of the Arab network for monitoring the image of women and men in media, which targets mass media that would contribute in changing the mainstream culture in Arab societies through the monitoring the image of men and women in media. The network acts upon the belief in justice towards women’s issues, fighting discrimination against women, end injustice, establish equality, democracy, non-violence, transparency, gender, respect for women’s bodies based on international charters for human rights.