The 12th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival will take place in New Delhi, 3-5 March 2016, and will showcase the works of Asian women directors in a range of genres – animation, documentary, experimental, short fiction and feature fiction. The director could be living in any part of the world but should be of Asian origin. Enties and DVDs should reach us no later than October 31. ESP

In the 2016 edition of the festival we seek to have an exciting selection of films that are diverse in context, content and form. Apart from the general programme, there will be some curated sections. There will also be a special section on Films from Palestine as well as other packages. The  rules and entry forms are below. Please send us 2 dvds of your film(s) for preview. The completed entry form can be sent by email. There is no need for hard copies.  The forms and DVDs should reach us no later than October 31, 2016. IAWRT India Chapter


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Gunilla Ivarsson from Sweden is the new President of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Ananya Chakraborti from India, her Deputy. At elections held after the 35th Biennial in New Delhi, India, Pochi Tamba Nsoh the IAWRT chapter head for Cameroon, became the organisation’s new Secretary, Violet Gonda, UK/Zimbabwe, became the IAWRT Treasurer.  The board members are Anupa Shrestha from Nepal Abeer Saady from Egypt and Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier from Canada. ESP

Pictured: IAWRT Executive: Pochi Tamba Nsoh, Secretary;  Ananya Chakraborti, Deputy Prresident; Violet Gonda Treasurer; Gunilla Ivarsson President.


1.  Pochi Tamba Nsoh, Ananya Chakraborti, Violet Gonda, Gunilla Ivarsson, Anupa Shrestha, Abeer Saady, Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier.

2.  President Gunilla Ivarsson and Vice President Ananya Chakraborti.

3. Outgoing board and current secretariat: Communications Officer, Geeta Sahai, Web Journalist, Nonee Walsh, past secretary, Violet Gonda, past president Racheal Nakitare, past vice president, Gerd Inger Polden, past treasurer, Ananya Chakraborti, past board members, Khedija Lemkecher, Valerie Lew, Sheila Dallas, Finance officer, Regina Gathoni.


OPEN CALL FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS: Promote peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice. Fork Films is holding our second open call for grant applications for feature length documentary projects in development, production and post-production. Fork Films awards grants to full-length non-fiction films that foster a culture of understanding and work towards a more peaceful and just society, while utilizing powerful and artistic storytelling methods. Specifically we seek films that promote peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice, with a particular emphasis on projects that bring women’s voices to the forefront. We will accept applications via an online submission form which is available now on the Fork Films website, with the deadline for submission being October 1st, 2015. For more information please visit the Fork Films website where you can review the details and guidelines. For more information on projects we have funded in the past, click here. We look forward to your applications!



TV Documentary:  Farzana Boby, Bangladesh, The Poison Thorn (Bishkanta) 

Radio:  Alexandra Christine Hall, (pictured) Clandestine Abortion in Chile, WINGS

Web audio:  Diana Wanyonyi, Kenya, Save our Queens Campaign,  Baraka FM.   


TV: Kristine Ramm, Norway, Feminists of the 70s, NRK ; Adele Tulli, United Kingdom, Rebel Menopause.

Radio: Karena Wynn-Moylan, Australia, Memories of Sarajevo: singing a new song, Bay FM, 99.9; Mindy Ran, the Netherlands, Women on the Frontlines 2015, US-based Pacifica Radio Network.

Web audio: Boni Sones, Throwing in the Towel: how Labour Women MPs fought to change Westminster Politics,The women’s parliamentary radio website.

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The Gender Equality And Social Justice In Public Media report has been  launched at the IAWRT Biennial Conference in New Deli. The eight country study of public radio and television, lead by Greta Gober & Diana Iulia Nastasia, measured representation of gender and other social justice measures such as age, ethnicity, and sexual diversity, across four continents and eight countries. ESP

The Full report is available, or listen to the researchers, Greta Gober and Dr Diana Nastasia explain how their monitoring project of public radio and television has found a very narrow spectrum of opinion which is predominantly male and middle class and not representative of the populations where they broadcast on Astute Radio .

Picture: IAWRT President Racael Nakitare at the report launch at the IAWRT Biennial New Delh



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the Asian Broadcasting Union in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) have organised the 3rd regional workshop on Over-The-Top (OTT) and Integrated Broadcast Broadband (IBB) technologies and services.  It will be held  Sept 29 to Oct 1, 2015, Kuala Lumpur Hotel CaPITOL.

This three day workshop will introduce these technologies and address some of the main issues that broadcasters are facing when they want to introduce OTT and IBB services within their portfolio. It will not only explore the technology but also look at other value added services and business opportunities that they can introduce to attain a competitive edge in the market place. Case studies from Asia-Pacific region will be presented with some reference to European implementations too.

There are no registration/participation fees for ABU members interested or.involved in technical and production operations, who wish to attend this “OTT and IBB Hybrid Technologies” event. 

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Khadija Ismayilova sentenced to more than 7 year jail. Human Rights groups have widely condemned the jailing of Azerbaijan journalist Khadija Ismayilova for seven-and-a-half years, for or what Human Rights Watch calls “spurious charges of tax evasion and other economic crimes, after a politically motivated trial.

HRW executive Director Ken Roth called the trial “a joke.” He says Khadija Ismayilova is “a real human rights hero, an investigative journalist prepared to expose human rights abuses”. His comment can be found here:

The Council of Europe reiterated “its concerns about the systemic deficiencies in the Azerbaijani judicial system and the worrying trend of increasing cases against human rights defenders and journalists, which has a chilling effect on freedom of expression in the country.” Condemnation of the trial and sentence has been widespread, including Amnesty International, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Journalists Federation, and by British and US government officials.The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project has posted Khadija Ismayilova’s complete defiant reponse which she was not allowed to fully present to the court : (Photo courtesy of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)