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CMFD provides editorial services, materials development, and content support for organisations, especially related to human rights, gender, and health issues. This may include editing of print and online texts, managing materials from planning, drafting, layout, through to printing, and other publications.

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Safer Spaces Multi-Media Case Studies
For GIZ, CMFD produced a collection of multi-media case studies to share success stories around creating safe communities in South Africa, to share through the "Safer Spaces" online portal. CMFD produced fact sheets, photography, audio podcasts, and videos profiling 5 initiatives showing innovation and success in creating safer spaces.
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  Towards Safe, Violence-free Communities for Women and Girls in South Africa
This publication, written by CMFD, is based on proceedings of a dialogue held on 22-23 August 2013, entitled "Towards Safe, Violence-free Communities for Women and Girls in South Africa: Working Together to Improve Police Responses, with an additional 5 case studies commissioned to demonstrate work on the ground. (GIZ, 2013).
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  Raising Women's Voices Through Radio Drama
This case study was written and produced to share the process, techniques, and lessons learned from the Zaphamban' izindlela! radio drama, both as way to document, as well as facilitate others working on women's issues to undertake similar initiatives. (POWA, 2013)
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  Speaking Out Can Set you Free
This book is a reflection and analysis based on women's and men's first-hand accounts of gender-based violence, as told through Gender Links annual "I" stories project. Many of these stories reflect the complex nature of gender violence and how it relates to poverty, inequality, lack of access to education and resources. (Gender Links, 2011)
  Involving Men in GBV and HIV Prevention
Revision of 100-page manual for radio presenters on discussing men as partners in fighting gender violence and HIV, inlcuding drafting of some new sections. (Sonke Gender Justice, 2014)
Always Alert: Guide for Communicators and Radio Presenters
Wrote and produced a multi-module training manual to build Mozambican community radio stations' capacity to produce relevant and engaging broadcasts around disaster risk reduction, covering general broadcasting, floods, and early warning systems. An adapted English version was also produced, for programme managers. (IOM MOzmabique, 2013)
  Radio Presenter's Guides
Many of our radio dramas and audio programmes are accompanied by presenter's guides, easy-to-use reference sheets designed to help presenters use the audio to encourage discussion and debate, or probe the issue further. Such guides usually contain background information on the theme of the drama i.e. disasters, climate change, gender, or human rights, summaries, ideas for panel discussions, and further programming. (see individual projects for samples)
Creating Participatory Radio Guide to creating participatory radio drama with children
Originally published as a chapter in a Portuguese language manual produced for the National Children's Radio Seminar in Mozambique, this English-language guide for facilitators aims to help create radio dramas with children. Designed for young facilitators and producers, the guide focuses on encouraging active participation of children in creating radio about children's issues. A workshop outline provides information on how to write radio dramas, recording and creating sound effects. Tips and technical information for producing high quality dramas in various resource settings are also included.
Comic Books are a creative medium to pass along information. Using pictures and stories, comics can be enjoyed by bother literate audiences, and designed for low-literate readers. Supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Mozambique, CMFD worked with the residents of Chamanculo, a peri-urban community of Maputo, to create music and a ten-part series of illustrated comic story posters to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and inspire youth to know their HIV status.


Workign with GALA, CMFD was involved in the production of two comic books. "Eyes Wide Open" followed the production of the play 'Coming Out Again' and deals with STIs, including HIV, and sexuality. Are Your Rights respected? was designed specifically for deaf audiences. Illustrated by deaf artist Tommy Motswai, the comic and used sign language images rather than words as much as possible, and tackles issues of sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and sexual orientation within deaf communities.























Soul Beat Africa
For Soul Beat Africa, an online web portal sharing information about development communication, CMFD writes and edits content for their online databases and newsletters. These databases provide individuals engaged in media for social change a host of summaries on current projects, research, impact data, upcoming events, awards and training opportunities.

Gender Links
CMFD worked closely with Gender Links from 2006 to 2012, providing a wide range of editorial services, including managing their commentary service, which provides fresh views on everyday news within the Southern African region, as well as coordinating content for their virtual resource centre, an online database of resources for training around gender and the media. As the editor at GL, Deborah Walter also edited a wide range of publications.


Gender and Media Diversity Journal
The journal provides up-to-date and cutting edge information on media diversity in Southern Africa and the space for the dissemination of research findings and projects; case studies; campaigns; policy developments; and opinion and debate on media practice in theregion. Each journal covers latest developments but also focuses on a different thematic area identified in consultation with the GMDC advisory group. Deborah Walter edited six editions of the Gender and Media Diversity Journal, the biennial journal of the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC).
- Issue 8: Gender and Soccer 2010
- Issue 7: Gender, media, and sport
-Issue 6: Gender, Diversity, Elections, and the media
- Issue 5: Critical Citizens, Responsive Media
- Issue 4: Media, Activism, and Change
- Issue 3: The Tabloid Explosion

SADC Gende02971_resized_barometerr Protocol Baseline Barometer (2009)
In August 2008, Heads of State of the Southern African Development Community adopted the ground-breaking SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. This followed a concerted campaign by NGOs under the umbrella of the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance. This report is the first regional baseline study of the provisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development against the reality on the ground conducted by the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance

 The "I" Stories
The "I" Stories is an annual project of Gender Links (GL), in collaboration with partnering organisations, to share first hand accounts of women and men affected by gender based violence. The process combines working with women in a workshop setting to assistthem to tell their stories, and an open call for contributions. The "I" stories cover a broad range of issues, surviving gender violence, HIV/AIDS, culture, etc. Along with editing annual regional editions and country-specific books, CMFD has also worked with the women to record their stories in audio format.

Business Unusual

BUCover As a region, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is increasingly recognising that development - economic, social, is increasingly recognising that development - economic, social, and political - requires a conscious awareness of how different strategies and choices affect the lives of all citizens, both women and men. Yet the gender dimensions of macroeconomic policy, budgets, trade, work and business are among the least understood by policy makers, decision-makers and the media. This book sets out to explore some of these issues. By looking at topics such as the hidden economies of care, the world of work and enterprise, development, globalisation and trade, budgeting and governance, this book offers unique perspectives on gender, the economy and business.

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