Francisco José García-Ramos presented a paper at the 1st International Conference of University Teaching with a Gender Perspective: Challenges and Innovation (24th – 25th October, 2018 University of Valencia, Spain).

The paper, titled “Subjects with a gender perspective in the Communication BA in Spain. A vision for the implementation of the UNESCO-UniTWIN New Syllabi” presented the UNESCO project ‘Mapping Educational Strategies for Creating Gender-sensitive Journalism, Media and ICT Curriculums’, and the UniTWIN workshop celebrated in San José (Costa Rica) in April 2018.

In addition to this, the paper illustrated the presence of the subjects within a gender perspective in Communication BAs in the Spanish universities and how the UNESCO-UniTWIN New Syllabi can be an excellent model to modify or create new subjects regarding to the upcoming changes in the Spanish BA and MA curricula in the EEES framework.

The paper informed about the index and the methodological approaches of the New Syllabi as well as its forthcoming publication for the knowledge of the Spanish university community.


UNESCO have published a story on the work ​undertaken in Costa Rica. Please find a link to the news story here:

The UniTWIN Network for Gender, Media and ICTs brings together 19 universities to promote gender equality in and through media on a global scale through research, education and participation. The Network is uniquely placed to develop a truly intercultural and globally relevant curriculum, co-operating among countries and regions to bring together research and effective education, To organize this cooperation project, members of the UniTWIN met at Universidad de Costa Rica in San José on April 18-20, 2018.


Members of the UNESCO Gender, Media and ICTs UniTWIN attended the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (12-23 March 2018).

CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women (, and this is the most important meeting for the UN level human rights agenda. The key review theme this year was: ‘Women and media’.

Carolyn Byerly, Lisa French, Claudia Padovani and Aimee Vega Montiel at the UN, New York.

A position paper was drafted on behalf of the UniTWIN and this is soon to be published in a UNESCO book (Gender Mainstreaming in Journalism and Communication Schools). UniTWIN members took the opportunity to influence the direction, debates and outcomes of the 2018 Commission on the Status of Women in regard to women and media, and the teaching of media, communication and journalism globally.


The next meeting of the UNESCO UniTWIN Network will be held in San José, Costa Rica, April 18-20, 2018. The Venues are UNESCO Central America building and the University of Costa Rica.

The UNITWIN members will gather in a Network members meeting on April 18- 19. A forum open to the public will be held in April 20, in a full day event at the University of Costa Rica auditorium.

The audience will be students, professors, media professionals, NGO’s, and regional organizations – UN system members. The theme is to be announced.

The previous meeting of The Media, Gender and ICTs University Network was held on April 25-28, 2017 at RMIT Europe, located in Barcelona (the European branch of the Australia-based RMIT university).

RMIT Europe
C/Minerva, n 2
8006 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 547 77 00

Please see the RMIT Europe Intranet site for visitor information, including practical information about accommodation, transport, etc:

The Agenda for the Barcelona meeting was to:

  • develop, finalize and adopt a four-year Global Plan of research activities for the University Network on Gender, Media and ICTs. This will be linked to advancing the research vision on Media Scholarly Agenda for the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), published by UNESCO and IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication)
  • define research activities linked to policy development to be achieved by this Network
  • advance the research vision on Media Scholarly Agenda for the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), published by UNESCO and IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication)
  • define education activities to be fostered by the Network
  • examine ways in which the network might be funded: research grants, institutional options and other funding opportunities to sustain the Network
  • develop projects that members can work on together in line with the agenda of the Network
  • identify new members to be invited into the Network: individual scholars, organisations (including media), NGOs, government, etcetera.