SIGNIS ASIA ASSEMBLY 2012
Theme : “Promoting Media for a Culture of Peace:
Engaging the Creativity Of THENEW GENERATION”
Sub-Them: “Visibility for The Vulnerable”
September 30th – October 6th, 2012
(Arrival: Sunday 30th September; Departure: Saturday 6th October)
Program begins 7am on 1st October and ends at 7pm on 5th Oct.
SHAH’S VILLAGE HOTEL
3 & 5, Lorong Sultan, Petaling Jaya, 46200 Selangor, MALAYSIA
Media for a Culture of Peace Sub-theme: Visibility for the Vulnerable
The vulnerable communities in the Asian context include migrant workers, victims of human trafficking and children.
These communities face several critical problems and obstacles that severely restrict their capacity to be fully integrated persons.
In most cases, their struggles require interventions by governments and civil society organisations.
Parallel to such interventions, social communicators have a critical role to enable these vulnerable communities to reclaim their dignity and live more peaceful and productive lives.
Vulnerable communities need that vital visibility so that their plight will be understood, addressed and resolved.
Visibility includes highlighting – to the general public and to specific authorities – their struggles and challenges, enabling their voice to be heard where it matters, conducting inclusive programs in which their involvement and participation is valued, and initiating and maintaining structures for their integral development.
In the context of the theme, social communicators have a mandate and responsibility to bring about genuine unity and authentic development of these vulnerable communities – a step closer to realising a Culture of Peace through social communications.