UNESCO with IAWRT, OnlyOneEarth.Science, Smart Campus Cloud Network, Citizens’ Platform on Climate Change and A Sustainable World, Texas Geosciences and The Small Earth Nepal offer this side event to COP27.

The session will discuss the importance of climate change data and explore how open data models can counter disinformation. The aim is to create a global narrative on the importance of open data for climate change. Open data serves as one of the most important solutions to make the climate change processes more transparent, inclusive, and democratic. 

The session will discuss responses for the following questions:

  • What is the state of climate change and natural resource consumption data in communication processes?
  • What can stakeholders do to enhance citizens’ access to and understanding of big picture for existential climate-consumption data?
  • What can be done to institutionalize good practices and processes for climate-consumption disinformation and enhance citizens’ access to information?

IAWRT will be represented by Pamela Morgan of IAWRT USA Chapter.

Pamela Morgan is the Executive Director of Woman In Media – Newark, a not-for-profit organization which she founded that advocates for and educates the community about issues affecting women globally using film, video and new media as its platform. As a global advocate, her work centers on the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals focused on women and migration. 

November 2 is the observance of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

UNESCO reports that already this year, over 70 journalists were killed. 9 out of 10 killings go unpunished. 

“Impunity for crimes against journalists affects the core of our freedoms of expression and information. Silencing a journalist has consequences for everyone. We cannot turn a blind eye to impunity. We cannot let their deaths be invisible to society,” UNESCO stressed. 

UNESCO publishes its latest figures on the global impunity rate for journalists’ killings. Although this figure remains unacceptably high, it represents an 9 percentage points reduction in the rate of impunity since 2012 when the United Nations launched its Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists. (Read the report available in multiple languages here.) 

Key figures in the reports:

  • Of the 117 journalists killed in 2020-21, 91 or 78% were killed while off the clock, for example, at home, in their vehicles or in the street but not on specific assignment. Several were killed in front of family members, including their children.
  • The last year have also seen the number of killed women journalists rising from 6-11% of the total, a worrying trend continuing this year.
  • In the 2020-2021 period, 6 journalists were killed while covering protests, riots or demonstrations. This confirms the trend identified in the previous Director-General’s Report which noted a rise in the number of journalists killed in such contexts.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in its 70th plenary meeting in 2013. The date of the UN day marks the death of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, two French journalists killed while reporting in Mali earlier that year. 

10th anniversary of the UN Plan of Action of the Safety of Journalists

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria, in cooperation with UNESCO and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, a High-Level Conference will commemorate the 10th year of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and discuss the issue of impunity on November 3-4. Well-known journalists and freedom of expression activists will speak at the event, including Novaya Gazeta Editor-in-Chief and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dmitry Muratov and Colombian Journalist and UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Award Laureate Jineth Bedoya Lima. 

10 years of impact of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists are highlighted:

  • The 10th anniversary is a milestone to Reaffirm, Recommit and Reposition efforts to advance the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, the first concerted effort within the UN to address attacks and impunity of crimes against journalists.
  • 26 UN resolutions on safety of journalists adopted since 2012 by UN General Assembly, UNESCO General Conference and the Human Rights Council.
  • A network of UN Focal Points for the Safety of Journalists within UN agencies, funds and programmes and increased number of reports by the Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression.
  • An International Coalition of Civil Society Organizations of Safety of Journalists, a Media Freedom Coalition of 50 countries, a Journalism Safety Research Network.
  • At least 50 National Protection Mechanisms for the safety of journalists established since 2012.
  • More than 24,000 judicial operators from 150 countries and more than 11,500 security forces from 160 countries trained on safety of journalists and freedom of expression. Over 500 lawyers trained in 30 countries and 1,000 cases of legal assistance provided to journalists.

The ‘Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press’ in Washington DC, USA has selected Birgitte Jallov to receive an award at this year’s ceremony for her work in strengthening women’s opportunities to have a voice in the media. The institute’s leadership has emphasized that they want to present her this award precisely this year, where they celebrate the institute’s 50th anniversary. 

Birgitte’s work in more than 70 countries has always combined a focus on the fact that women can and must have a role and a voice when the world is interpreted, and where the future is planned. She has done this by supporting local communities in many African and Asian countries in their work to create their own local community radio stations, where women have always been an equal and significant part of both planning, management and implementation; and she has been a mentor and coach when many small women’s organizations had to find their way forward with strategic planning, inclusive management and sustainable frameworks. 

Birgitte currently uses, among other things, time to support women journalists in Moldova build up a ‘digital safe house’: a one-stop shop where journalists can report when they experience online and offline harassment and threats of the worst kinds… At the moment it’s mostly Putin’s ‘troll army’ trying to scare especially female journalists from writing the truth about what is happening in Ukraine and what impact the war has on Moldova. In the digital safe house, there is access to advice and counselling, to addresses where help can be found and to a supportive community. It is, among other things, this work Birgitte will work with when in November she is involved as a speaker and workshop facilitator during the IAWRT biennial conference in Zanzibar, Tanzania. 

Birgitte runs EMPOWERHOUSE, an initiative she founded almost 20 years ago, as a framework for her work. In addition to advising, evaluating development projects, lecturing and training, Birgitte has written books, manuals, policy documents and articles about her work areas and experiences.

The new IAWRT International Board will join the current board as observers and take the reins of IAWRT at the November biennial in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Executive:

President

Dr. Michelle Ferrier (USA chapter)

Executive director, Media Innovation Collaboratory; founder, Trollbusters.

Link: https://vimeo.com/743797005/d80bb21f16

Vice President

Jola Mamangun (Philippines chapter)

Executive Director, Kodao Productions and present IAWRT International Treasurer

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsnaejFVFPM

Secretary

Mandira Raut (Nepal chapter)

Founder/C.E.O., UTSAH Learning Center; President, UTSAH Nepal (Volunteer Professional Youth Trainer on Non-formal education; Working as freelance Producer and Director-TV/Radio Production;

Link to video: https://youtu.be/LcH2Dxdu3go

Treasurer

Josephine Karani (Kenya chapter)

Seasoned / career broadcast journalist & Chairperson, IAWRT Kenya Chapter

Link to Audio: Link: https://on.soundcloud.com/

Board members

Kreshma Fakhri (Afghanistan chapter – exiled in Turkey)

Freelance journalist and investigative team leader for the Zan Times (volunteer)

Video link: https://youtu.be/puCzGYWWJ7A

Anjali Monteiro (India chapter)

Filmmaker, teacher and author, retired from academia in 2020

Link to video: https://youtu.be/WWhe6ANndaI

Raziah Quallatein Mwawanga (Tanzania chapter)

Media trainer and project management consultant

Link to audio: https://youtu.be/Lg3jsyIfg3c

The board members and treasurer were elected in last week’s vote. The remainder of the executive were declared elected, after nominating unopposed.

To view the results, visit https://secure.electionbuddy.com/results/8Q277CGV3HSJ

Workshop with Raziah Mwawanga of IAWRT Tanzania takes place with pre-registered participants on Zoom on October 2, 2022 | 8am Eastern Standard Time

Part of the My Climate Change Story: Cellphone Cinema Workshop series

When investigating the impact of climate change one most often reads articles written either by scientists, journalists, or scholars. The voices of those who actually experience the devastating effects of this phenomenon are most often unheard.

In order to find a way to develop women and girls into streams of consciousness — looking at common themes: Themes emerging from these stories will be highlighted and used to initiate and forge networks, conversations, and collaboration to craft appropriate and relevant solutions. One of the goals is to teach women and girls to use their cell phones to tell their own stories.

The workshops will prepare women globally with an intergenerational lens to go into their communities, and use their cell phone to create a 3 to 7-minute vignette that will be uploaded to the IAWRT My Climate Change YouTube channel.

The My Climate Change Story YouTube Channel shall be a laboratory for innovation and solutions that can be shared and emulated globally.

From the IAWRT Biennial Committee

The countdown to the IAWRT Biennial 2022 has begun!

Get ready to pack your bags and be part of the 39th Biennial Conference being hosted on the beautiful island of Zanzibar on November 18 – 20.

The conference Gendered media perspectives: COVID, CONFLICT and CLIMATE CHANGE will include panels and plenary sessions that will invigorate and energize your minds. In addition there will be a number of workshops, such as trainings to use cell phones to make climate change documentaries, safety trainings, fact checking and how to protect yourself from online abuse.

All panel sessions and some of the workshops will be streamed so they can be followed online. The opening of the conference will be broadcasted on TV by the Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

If you are planning to attend the Biennial – physically or digitally – please fill out this registration form: https://forms.gle/5WCZm5L93wZF3imB7

Workshop takes place with pre-registered participants on Zoom on September 25, 2022 | 8am Eastern Standard Time

Part of the My Climate Change Story: Cellphone Cinema Workshop

When investigating the impact of climate change, one most often reads articles written either by scientists, journalists, or scholars. The voices of those who actually experience the devastating effects of this phenomenon are most often unheard.

In order to find a way to develop women and girls into streams of consciousness — looking at common themes: Themes emerging from these stories will be highlighted and used to initiate and forge networks, conversations, and collaboration to craft appropriate and relevant solutions. One of the goals is to teach women and girls to use their cell phones to tell their own stories.

The workshops will prepare women globally with an intergenerational lens to go into their communities and use their cell phone to create a 3 to 7-minute vignette that will be uploaded to the IAWRT My Climate Change YouTube channel.

The My Climate Change Story YouTube Channel shall be a laboratory for innovation and solutions that can be shared and emulated globally.

By IAWRT India

Mudri Zhinky is a festival of films from Ukraine made by women filmmakers, held on September 3, 2022 at the India International Centre in New Delhi.

Organized by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Chapter India the day-long festival, “Mudri Zhinky: Wise Women” featured 11 short films and a long documentary made by women filmmakers from Ukraine to a packed auditorium.

It was a specially curated package by IAWRT India member Smriti Nevatia. Each film portrayed a different aspect of life in Ukraine.

The event was held in collaboration with Ukrainian Female Film Industry (UFFI).

Three sessions of virtual interaction with the filmmakers were also conducted with the audience members asking questions of the film makers leading to animated discussions on Zoom.

Smriti Nevatia, curator of the festival shared that it was great to have this opportunity to create a package of films by Ukrainian women directors for an Indian audience and hoped that after watching these films viewers would be inspired to hold embattled Ukraine in their thoughts even as they enjoyed these cinematic voices from a country and culture about which they knew so little.

Aaradhana Kohli, Managing Trustee of IAWRT India Chapter who put the festival together was very happy that audiences here in India were able to see for the first time, images other than of war and destruction from Ukraine. Images of everyday life. Of love and loss. Of childish pranks and friendships. Children and families trying to cope with all kinds of ordinary everyday issues. As also existential questions.

The ceremonial lamp was lit by Mrs. Natalia Polikha, the Ukrainian ambassador

to India’s wife, and Ms. Aruna Vasudev, founder of Cinamaya and Osian and also known as the mother of Asian cinema, in a solemn inaugural ceremony in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

The cultural attaché at the embassy of Ukraine in India Ms. Olena Ivanchuk, Katharina Görig of Goethe Foundation India and many other eminent people, students, and film buffs were seen enjoying and watching the films till the very end.

Sticky notes kept in the foyer for audience feedback and comments were a very popular initiative with many a witty comment left on the board.

To close the festival Aaradhana Kohli thanked everyone for coming to the festival and especially to the Programme Division India International Centre for collaborating with IAWRT Chapter India on the festival.

September 16, 2022

The 2022 elections committee has approved all nominations for the IAWRT International Board, and is now completing the e-election setup, and hosting some online meet the candidate sessions. These will be recorded and made accessible.

Voting will be carried out for the position of Treasurer and Board members. Voters have access to information about the non-contested positions and will need to acknowledge it when voting. The new President, Vice President, and Secretary will be declared with the final vote.

Below is a list of candidates and line to the audio or video presentations. Once voting opens this will be available on the voting site, along with extra information about the candidates and a transcript of the presentations.

Inform yourself, and vote September 28 to October 4, 2022.

FOR VOTING:

Board members (3 to be elected)

  1. Kreshma Fakhri (Afghanistan chapter – exiled in Turkey)
  2. PRESENT DESIGNATION/ WORK: Freelance journalist and investigative team leader for the Zan Times (volunteer)

Video link: https://youtu.be/puCzGYWWJ7A

  1. Anjali Monteiro (India chapter)

PRESENT DESIGNATION/ WORK: Filmmaker, teacher and author, retired from academia in 2020

Link to video: https://youtu.be/WWhe6ANndaI

  1. Sarah Nakibuuka (Uganda chapter)

PRESENT DESIGNATION/ WORK: Freelance Journalist and IAWRT member, former IAWRT Secretary and former IAWRT Uganda chapter president

Link to audio: https://on.soundcloud.com/Rd5io

  1. Raziah Quallatein Mwawanga (Tanzania chapter)
  2. PRESENT DESIGNATION WORK: Media trainer and project management consultant

Link to audio: https://youtu.be/Lg3jsyIfg3c

  1. Dr. Rose Reuben Mchomvu (Tanzania chapter)

PRESENT DESIGNATION WORK: Executive Director/ Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA)

Link to audio: https://on.soundcloud.com/yW5gL

Treasurer

  1. Josepine Karani (Kenya chapter)
  2. PRESENT DESIGNATION/ WORK: Seasoned / career broadcast journalist & Chairperson, IAWRT Kenya Chapter

Link to Audio: Link: https://on.soundcloud.com/JnNMD

  1. Rebecca Tadesse Hunde (Ethiopia individual member)

PRESENT DESIGNATION/ WORK: Executive Board chair person of Ethiopian Media Women Association; General Manager, Aster Bettefikir School

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O85Ce0KSnY&t=2s

NOT FOR VOTING – single candidate – position to be declared

President

Dr. Michelle Ferrier (USA chapter)

Executive director, Media Innovation Collaboratory; founder, Trollbusters, a project of the Media Innovation Collaboratory

Link: https://vimeo.com/743797005/d80bb21f16

Vice President

Jola Mamangun (Philippines chapter)

PRESENT DESIGNATION/WORK: Executive Director, Kodao Productions and present IAWRT International Treasurer

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsnaejFVFPM

Secretary

Mandira Raut (Nepal chapter)

PRESENT DESIGNATION/ WORK- Founder/C.E.O., UTSAH Learning Center; President, UTSAH Nepal (Volunteer Professional Youth Trainer on Non-formal education; Working as freelance Producer and Director-TV/Radio Production; Present Board Member, IAWRT.

Link to video: https://youtu.be/LcH2Dxdu3go

The workshop takes place with pre-registered participants on Zoom on September 18, 2022 | 8 am Eastern Standard Time

Part of the My Climate Change Story: Cellphone Cinema Workshop

When investigating the impact of climate change, one most often reads articles written either by scientists, journalists, or scholars. The voices of those who actually experience the devastating effects of this phenomenon are most often unheard.

In order to find a way to develop women and girls into streams of consciousness — looking at common themes: Themes emerging from these stories will be highlighted and used to initiate and forge networks, conversations, and collaboration to craft appropriate and relevant solutions. One of the goals is to teach women and girls to use their cell phones to tell their own stories.

The workshops will prepare women globally with an intergenerational lens to go into their communities and use their cell phones to create a 3 to 7-minute vignette that will be uploaded to the IAWRT My Climate Change YouTube channel.

The My Climate Change Story YouTube Channel shall be a laboratory for innovation and solutions that can be shared and emulated globally.