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“We ask for responsibility in the treatment of the news about feminicide”

The Reframed Stories Project asks people to respond to dominant themes and issues that appear in news coverage about their communities. These stories are reflections by people who are frequently represented by others in the media. Word clouds are created using the Media Cloud platform, a data analysis tool which examines a collection of media outlets over a specific period of time, allowing participants to analyze and discuss the preliminary insights into how they might be represented in the media. The project refrains from making conclusive pronouncements about the data, and instead is a starting point that creates space for discussion about how they can help shape their own media representation through digital media.

Nohelia Raissa Fernández Sánchez is a community manager and communicator in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The following is Nohelia Raissa's analysis of the word cloud for the term “feminicidio” (feminicide).

Dominant words from 1,540 articles published between May 2017 and May 2018 mentioning “feminicidio” within 2 Media Cloud collections of Bolivia’s Spanish-language media outlets. (view larger image)

Lo que más deseo leer, escuchar o ver después de una noticia de un hecho de feminicidio, es que se buscó y logró obtener “justicia”, se logró obtener una condena para el feminicida.

Que se resalte el proceso de investigación en forma de seguimiento al caso, que tanto la noticia como el juicio se vea y trate desde la perspectiva de género, respetando políticas públicas y ejecutandolas de acuerdo a un presupuesto designado para la víctima, que pueda ayudarla en el ejercicio de sus derechos.

Pedimos responsabilidad en el tratamiento de la noticia, que es más que un hecho y una cifra, es una mujer que sufrió y murió por violencia. Si bien queremos que las víctimas reciban atención inmediata en la búsqueda de justicia, deseamos que la cobertura y visibilización de esta problemática en las provincias, que los medios mencionen y cumplan una función educadora e informativa acerca de los derechos de las mujeres.

Nuestra nube de palabras quiere cambios en la realidad pero con el aporte de la labor de los medios. Queremos y luchamos porque palabras como celeridad, protección, compromiso e igualdad, sean términos que estén presentes en las noticias y no solo en nuestros ideales.

What I most want to read, hear, or see after news of an act of feminicide is that they sought and managed to obtain “justice,” and that it was possible to obtain a conviction for the feminicide.

[I would like to see] that the investigation be highlighted in the form of follow-up of the case. Also, that the trial becomes news as seen from a gender perspective, respecting public policies and executing the policies through to funds designated for the victim, which can help her in the exercise of her rights.

We ask for responsibility in the treatment of the news [about feminicide], which is more than just facts and figures. It is about a woman who suffered and died because of violence. While we want the victims to receive immediate attention in the search for justice, we also hope that there is coverage and visibility of this problem in the provinces, and that the media mentions and fulfills an educational and informative role about women's rights.

Our word cloud wants changes in reality, but with the contribution from the media. We want and we stand up so that words such as celerity, protection, commitment, and equality to be terms present in the news and not only in our ideals.

This is part of a Rising Frames series developed as part of an activity organized by Raisa Valda Ampuero of Warmi.Red and Fabiola Chambi. They helped organize a workshop held on May 30, 2018 in Cochabamba, Bolivia that brought together representatives from various collectives and groups to examine how they or issues they care about are represented in a Bolivia media collection and created stories in response to that representation.

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