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Media experts to hold discussion on Women and Media 25 Years After the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action


This event will take place on Friday, March 27th from 10:00am -11:30 am NY time on the Zoom virtual Platform, https://zoom.us/j/832520834, ID: 832 520 834.



New York City, NY (March 23, 2020) – Media women from the United States, Kenya, and the United Nations will assess the progress made on roles and images of women in media since the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 and the adoption of Section J of the Declaration for women and the media.


Section J: Women and Media  of the Beijing Declaration Section J(pge 8) highlights that “sexist stereotypes displayed in the media are gender discriminatory, degrading in nature and offensive (para. 243(e))” and that media “has an impact on public policy, private attitudes and behavior… Everywhere the potential exists for the media to make a far greater contribution to the advancement of women (para 234).”


Patricia Gallagher Newberry, the 103rd national President of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Director of Journalism at Miami University in Ohio, will moderate the event. Newberry brings decades of expertise in media. 


The Discussants include: 

       Dr. Michelle Ferrier, Dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida; She is founder of TrollBusters.com, protecting journalists from online violence, abuse or other troll behavior.

       Dr. Purna Sen, Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson at UN Women on Addressing

       Dr. Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists(CPJ)

       Dr. Diana Nastasia, international lecturer and scholar, Faculty Fellow at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 

       Rachael Nakitare, a veteran broadcast journalist and Acting Television Programs Manager for state-run Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

        Marry Ferreira, IAWRT-USA NGO Youth Representative at the United Nations, Master’s student in Public Media at Fordham University.


This event is organized in collaboration with the Committee to Protect Journalist – CPJ, Women-In Media/Newark and the Women’s International Newsgathering Service – WINGS.


This event was one of over 400 NGO CSW/NY parallel events scheduled to take place at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 64) in New York in March. CSW64 is the biggest conference of the United Nations bringing women together from around the world to advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women. It has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic.


IAWRT-USA (www.iawrtusa.org) is one of 14 chapters of IAWRT International (www.iawrt.org).  Founded in the 1950s by professional women working in the electronic and allied media, IAWRT is committed to the enhancement of women’s role and participation in media as gender equality cannot be achieved without gender parity in media and communication. IAWRT-USA is a non-government organization (NGO) with 501(c) 3 Tax Exempt status and has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Department of Global Communication. 


If interested, please contact IAWRT-USA www.iawrtusa.org – email: [email protected] [email protected]@gmail.com.


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أطلق الاتحاد الدولي للنساء العاملات في الإذاعة والتلفزيون بالتعاون مع المركز الدولي للصحافة والإعلام  بجامعة أوسلو، طبعة محدثة باللغة العربية من دليل السلامة للصحفيات، الذي نشر بدعم من اليونسكو، تحت عنوان “ماذا لو…؟”.


منذ نوفمبر 2017، عندما تم إطلاق النسخة الإنجليزية من الكتيب، أصبحت واحدة من أهم أدلة السلامة المهنية للصحفيات في جميع أنحاء العالم. تم استخدامه كمرجع في العديد من الدورات التدريبية التي تنظمها JMIC في العديد من البلدان. روجت اليونسكو وهيئة الأمم المتحدة للمرأة والمنظمات الدولية الأخرى في أحداثها ووثائقها. كما تم تقييم الكتاب في باحثين أكاديميين في أستراليا والنرويج.

مع ازدياد عدد الاعتداءات على الصحفيات، والتعرض المستمر والمتزايد للمخاطر، وخاصة في بعض دول الشرق الأوسط، تأتي النسخة العربية من الدليل، الذي يتضمن تجارب عملية للصحفيات والمراسلات حول العالم، وخاصة في مناطق النزاع والصراع المسلح.
في محاولة جادة، ترسم النسخة العربية من الكتيب مسارًا للصحفيات من أجل سلامتهن. من خلال أحد عشر عنوانًا، حول تقييم المخاطر، وإدارة الهوية، والعنف القائم على والتحرش، وسلامة السفر، والسلامة الرقمية، وسلامة المعدات، وإدارة الحشود، والاختطاف، والاحتجاز والسلامة النفسية، والاجتماعية، وقرارات السلامة الأخلاقية، والتعامل مع الناجين وتغطية الأوبئة (دراسة حالة فيروس كورونا المستجد (كوفيد١٩) وعناوين أخرى ، يحث الكتيب الصحفيات على الحد من المخاطر وحماية أنفسهن من جميع أشكال التهديد.
الكتاب من تأليف عبير سعدي الصحفية ومدربة السلامة المهنية- دربت المئات من الصحفيات في مناطق النزاع في العالم – ونائب رئيس الاتحاد الدولي للصحفيات، وحرر النسخة العربية الكاتب الصحفي عماد ناصف والنسخة الإنجليزية نوني والش.

ويأمل المركز من خلال هذ الدليل أن يكون خطوة مهمة في مشوار الصحفيات الناطقات بالعربية، كما كانت الطبعة الإنجليزية من قبل، وكما نأمل قي الطبعات القادمة بلغات أخري.

ويصدر الدليل بلغة سلسة، يراعي طبيعة مهنة الصحافة في السرعة والدقة.

ويؤكد المركز مجدداً، أنه يستهدف في الأساس من هذا الدليل؛ مساعدة الصحفيات العربيات على أداء مهامهن بأمان وسلامة ومهنية.


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The handbook is written by IAWRT Vice President Abeer Saady. The Arabic edition is edited by Emad Nasif.

IAWRT, in cooperation with The Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC) of Oslo Met. University has launched an updated Arabic-language edition of the Safety handbook for Women Journalists.

The handbook was produced with the support of UNESCO, entitled “What if …?”. Since November 2017, when the English edition of the handbook was launched, it became one of the most important occupational safety guides for female journalists worldwide. It was used as a reference in many trainings coursed organized by JMIC in several countries. UNESCO and UN Women and other international organizations promoted it in their events and documents. Two academic researchers in Australia and Norway evaluated it.

With the increase in the number of attacks on women journalists, and with the continued and increasing exposure to risks, especially in some countries of the Middle East, the Arabic edition comes from the guide, which includes practical experiences for women journalists and correspondence around the world, especially in conflict and armed conflict areas.

In a serious attempt, the Arabic edition of the handbook charts a path for women journalists, for their safety.  Through eleven titles, on risk assessment, profile management, gendered based violence and harassment, travel safety, digital safety, equipment safety, crowd management, kidnapping, detention and psychological safety, Social, Ethical Safety Decisions, dealing with survivors and coverage of epidemics (case study coronavirus covid19) and other titles, the handbook urges women journalists to reduce risks and protect themselves from all forms of threat. 

Saady, writer of the handbook, is a journalist and professional safety expert – trained hundreds of women journalists in conflict areas of the world . The English edition is edited by Nonee Walsh.

The JMIC hopes, that guide would be an important step for the safety of Arabic-speaking female journalists, as was the English edition before, and as we hope for future editions in other languages.

The guide is issued in a smooth language, taking into account the nature of the profession in speed and accuracy.

The JMIC reiterates that it is primarily aimed at this guide; helping Arab women journalists to perform their duties safely, safely and professionally.


Find the Arabic version of the IAWRT Safety Handbook attached below. You may also find it here.

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IAWRT urges women journalists to continue to work and fight for gender equality in media and the world

Despite some inroads in gender equality in media, women in media today continue to face all sorts of attacks, harassments and threats – in person and online.

These attacks hurt women’s opportunities, safety and lives and that is why we must tirelessly work and fight for gender equality in the media.

Sexual harassment in the media industry continues to be rampant, with the #MeToo movement gaining ground only a few years before and has more to uncover and change in the system that perpetrates preying on women.

Attacks online aimed at women journalists continue to grow. The gendered online harassment was seen to result in women declining reporting on some issues while some leave the media and news industry altogether.

Women journalists exposing salient and sensitive issues in their countries face judicial harassment, arrests and/or detention or physical attacks, while some were killed for their reporting. Only a few weeks ago, radio broadcaster Teresa Aracely Alcocer aka Bárbara Greco was shot to death after recently speaking out against violence against women and children. Frenchie Mae Cumpio, IAWRT Philippines member and executive director of an independent news publication reporting on people’s issues and poverty in one of the poorest regions in the country, was arrested and detained on ‘planted evidence.’

For 69 years, International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) has worked and fought for gender equality in the media – in the newsroom and on air. We have worked on building capacities for safety of women journalists. When women are not safe, they also have a hard time being represented.

IAWRT calls on all governments and media houses managers to create polices that keep women safe and provide equal opportunities.

We urge women journalists to fight back against the structures that effect these dangers on women journalists for the next decades to come. This is so that the next generation of women journalists may reap the benefits of a more gender-equal world.

We pledge to continue to join hands with all who work for the advancement of women in all spheres of society.


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IAWRT salutes all women who work and inspire changes to build the world we want to see.

IAWRT, its 14 country chapters and over 400 members in 54 countries, celebrates all women who motivate, mobilize, fight and stand up for other women, and men who support women.


Film still from 'Shut Up Sona'

Fifty-one films from 15 Asian countries, all directed by women filmmakers, will be screened at the 16th edition of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival from March 5 to March 7 in New Delhi.

The festival will showcase the work of women directors from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Doha, Iran, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Taiwan and Turkey.

“Held every year in the run up to the International Women’s Day on March 8 by IAWRT, in partnership with the India International Centre (IIC), this non-competitive film festival has become a much sought after women-director-only festival in this region over the last 16 years ,” says Nupur Basu, Managing Trustee, IAWRT, Chapter India.

This year the festival team received over 700 submissions. The selection pans the entire genre – feature length documentary films, short fiction and documentary films, animation films, experimental films and the themes range from citizenship, identity, migration, mental health, climate change and coming of age of girls,

“What women are looking at is not gender alone but there is a distinct cinematic language that many women filmmakers are defining that allows for the audience to see afresh” says Surabhi Sharma, Festival Director and Priya Thuvassery, the Co-Director of this edition of the festival.

Film still from 'Shut Up Sona'

The festival will open with the film, Shut Up Sona, by Deepti Gupta. The film follows singer Sona Mohapatra while she battles and confronts blatant and insidious sexism in the world of music. The filmmaker is able to create an intimate and reflective portrait of an outspoken personality.  Both, Director Deepti Gupta and film’s protagonist Sona Mohapatra will be present for the post screening conversation.

Other highlights of the festival are the Delhi premiere of Gitanjali Rao’s independently produced feature length animation film, Bombay Rose. The film has already traveled to more than 40 festivals apart from winning key awards at several.

This year’s BAFTA winner for Best Short animated Film by London based Iranian filmmaker, Maryam Mohajer ‘Grandad was a romantic’ is in the package.

This year’s festival includes a country focus on UAE. The closing film, Honey, Rain and Dust, by UAE filmmaker, Nujoom Al Ghanem. The film tells a fascinating story of three honey hunters working in the mountainous desert terrain of North UAE. 

The festival also includes a roundtable on “We Produce Cinema” to be attended by women producers and filmmakers on March 4 and a special segment on photography by four women photographers.

The theme – The Upside Down Gaze – is an evocative one for this edition of the festival.