A bleak picture of the future for free and ethical media in Afghanistan and Pakistan painted at the opening of the IAWRT Biennial conference in New Delhi, India (ESP)
The dynamism and innovation of Archana Kapoor, the head of the IAWRT India chapter, has been recognised in the 2016 Devi awards. They are run by The Sunday Standard, a publication of the New Indian Express Group, to recognise hard work and achievement, against all odds.
The Global Media Monitoring Project 2015, reports little progress towards media gender parity in news in the last five years. “… the decade 2005 to 2015 has been one of stagnation” according to gender and media scholar, Margaret Gallagher. “There has been no change in women’s share of news-making roles in the traditional media (newspapers, radio, television) since 2010, and indeed almost none since 2005 [and] the new digital media (Internet and Twitter news) offer little comfort."
A very practical hand book for reporting and monitoring gender sensitivity in conflict reporting has been released by Swedish women’s organisation called The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation. The compact 14 page booklet is very hands-on, providing a tool for journalists and others who want to understand conflicts in a larger context.
April, 25-27, 2016, Beijing China: Registration now open. This year's event is themed “Let us Talk Radio”. With an insatiable quest for newer, highly mobile and more immersive experiences, radio content creators and journalists are adding new dimensions to the media landscape. Radio is riding a 'Digital Wave' wooing audiences across social media platforms, providing content on multiple mobile and stationary smart devices. .
The first International Development Cooperation Meeting on Gender and Media will be be held from 7 to 10 December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Alliance on Media and Gender, a partnership involving over 800 media, civil society, academic, private and governmental organizations, incuding IAWRT, will also hold its first general meeting.
Money up for grabs for investigative reporters (applications from female reporters are especially welcome): CALL for ideas: Investigative journalists in Europe interested in privacy, the environment, finance or lobbying can apply for a by-subject cross-border grant with Journalismfund.eu. The application deadline is 25 November 2015.
In response to the lack of a mass medium that tackles disaster response and rehabilitation in a highly vulnerable region, IAWRT Philippines chapter is establishing a community radio station to be based at the so-called ground zero of the strongest typhoon in recorded history. ESP
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
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
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 t
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.