IAWRT is a global organization formed by professional women working in electronic and allied media with a mission to strengthen initiatives towards ensuring women’s views and values are an integral part of programming and to advance the impact of women in media.
IAWRT organizes conferences, implements projects, undertakes activities, and collaborates with media organizations. It is a non-government organization (NGO), in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
IAWRT is managed by an international board, which oversees funding initiatives for a number of local chapters and for member activities.
- To provide opportunities, share strategies and contribute to the development of women in broadcasting by sharing professional and technical knowledge, in order to advance the impact of women in media.
- To facilitate unique opportunities to exchange views and share experiences among female media professionals from around the world.
- To offer professional skills in training with a focus on gender perspective in programs, development issues and management.
- To see women’s views and values as an integral part of programming.
- International and regional conferences, workshops and training for the professional development of members.
- Awards of Excellence honor the creativity of women producers of outstanding radio and TV programs.
- Scholarship Fund to support individual women’s media studies.
- Support for productions, training and projects for women in developing countries delivered through local chapters.
- Produce one major documentary biannually
IAWRT platforms are a hub of knowledge:
- Website and social media news, features and comment
- documentaries shown in film festivals, workshops and other strategic global locations
- Local and regional workshops targeting local media
- Training - e.g. filmmaking, safety training, gender perspectives
- Biennial and Regional Conferences
- IAWRT Statutes (amended 2015) available here
- IAWRT Guiding documents (approved 2013) available to members here
Gender Mainstreaming Project (GMP) In 2015 IAWRT published a report on Gender Equality and Social Justice in Public Media. In 2018 IAWRT secured UNESCO funding to develop a new project to further our work in the area of freedom of speech and gender equality in the media.
Long Documentary: is a unique production form combining input from directors on a common theme in different countries. This years theme was the worldwide refigee crisis Displacement & Resilience: women live for a new day is now in progress. We have produced Velvet Revolution: Women making news; Reflecting her and Hands On: Women: Climate: Change.
Mobile disaster radio project: IAWRT has helped establish a disaster response community radio in the Philippines and conducted training in the CEBU community, mainly to empower women as local trainers/broadcasters.The plan is to expand the project to other countries
Film Festivals: country chapters organize showcases of women filmmakers supported by IAWRT International. The longest running is the Asian Film Festival in New Delhi, the Travelling Asian Film festival (most recently in Nepal). and the African Film Festival which began in South Africa in 2016
Rural Women and the Media Pilot Project: is now taking place 450 Kms outside Nairobi, Kenya - its aim is to amplify rural women’s voices, through their innovative use of communication and media for a visible and empowered presence - setting their own agenda, fighting for their rights.
Further detail under Projects tab