Aishah Mamah Shetu, Journalist in Cameroon
By Nonee Walsh
As members of the IAWRT board disembark from the ferry at Hagnaya Port in Cebu Province, Philippines, they longingly admire the light green ocean and white sand beach lined with palm trees which barely hide thatched-hut beach resorts. There is little evidence of the devastation of cyclone Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) which hit this island hard and killed at least 6 thousand people across the Philippines, just four years ago.
These young palms on Bantayan Island also hide the story of the survivors relocated from this idyllic spot.
What If? ... you are targeted by security forces, shot at, kidnapped, or have to continue live reporting while a person is killed right beside you? It is a possibility for any woman journalist who reports in conflict zones, whether it is an official war or an internal conflict which is not recognised as a war. The IAWRT has now launched a new handbook which helps female reporters plan to avoid such eventualities.
The future direction of IAWRT for 2018 and 9 will be workshopped
at the upcoming Biennial, being held in the Philippines' Quezon city in Metro Manila. On November 11, the members meeting will be discussing the latest evaluation commissioned by IAWRT's main funder, FOKUS in Norway.
Ongoing Man-Made Crisis. By Marvie Matura
A special narrowcast episode of the Radyo Tacloban Project in Cebu City has discussed the situation of Muslims and indigenous people in Mindanao
by Geeta Sahai
The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) in collaboration with IAWRT Philippines is organising its 37th Biennial Conference. It is to be held in Quezon City, The Philippines, from 9-11 November 2017.
IAWRT International invites members from countries in the global South to apply for a scholarship to study in journalism, mass communications or releted areas.
Call for applications - IAWRT /FOKUS Scholarships for Studies 2017
IAWRT International invites members from countries in the global South who are studying, or want to start a study in journalism, mass communication or similar, to apply for a scholarship (maximum one year).
“Across the world, civil society space is shrinking, and democratic actors and human rights defenders face daunting attacks”.
That stark assessment at the opening of the 61st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women came from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. So, it was timely that IAWRT presented its documentary on the dangers faced down by women making news, and a panel discussion at its parallel event for NGO/CSW New York.
Several thousand Women from around the globe, who are active in women’s issues, have been flooding into New York to learn, network and lobby around the annual meeting of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) which aims to shape global standards on global progress to equality. This year’s emphasis is on the changing world of work.
"female journalists may increasingly find themselves in the cross hairs"
The International Federation of Journalists has backed global campaigning by the international trade union movement to end violence against women and close the gender pay gap.
Velvet Revolution in New York
IAWRT will be screening parts of the 2017 documentary Velvet Revolution about women making news in the face of adversity, at a parallel event to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) being held in New York.
Kenya scores only 30 percent
The Kenya chapter of IAWRT has hosted an event in Nairobi, launching the digital gender scorecard for women's access to communications technologies in Kenya.