Local Chapter Activities

IAWRT local chapters run activities such as gender media education, skills and support workshops and festivals promoting female media producers throughout the year.

Under the IAWRT Gender Mainstreaming project, many chapters have run and continue to run gender workshops using the research findings of the 2015 IAWRT media monitoring in Gender Equity and Social Justice in Public Media. This provides the research base for advocacy and training of media workers in the principles and practise of gender equality in media.

 In Norway the report was presented to public meetings and the chapter focused further debate debate on how sexual minorities are treated by the media. Regional follow-up workshops on the Gender Mainstreaming Project are held in countries including Uganda, Tanzania Cameroon and Nepal. As part of the 2016 regional conference, South Africa is running a workshop on the implementation of the Gender Mainstreaming Project for the three pilot countries, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. 

IAWRT India is running a gender sensitising workshop for college youths as well as a workshop on the impact of female genital mutilation, as well as the ongoing work of running the annual Asian Film festival.

Local issues will drive many activities, for example, post disaster work with women media workers in Nepal and the Philippines, which have suffered destruction and massive loss of life from major natural disasters. IAWRT Nepal focused on the stress on female media workers covering such disasters and also held training to enhance their storytelling skills in such situations. In the Philippines, there is an ongoing project to set up a mobile disaster response and rehabilitation radio service.  

Media workers and women across the globe are dealing with electronic based hate speech and gender violence and that has been a focus for many chapters ,  including the Philippines and Kenya, and Norway, often in partnership with the Ethical Journalism Network, which has been involved in several partnerships to stimulate discussion on hate speech and tacking electronic gender based violence.

Further details of activities may be found under individual chapters  and in news on the front page.