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The Network of Women in Media, India, is an association which aims to provide a forum for women in media professions to share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote media awareness and ethics, and work for gender equality and justice within the media and society. Local groups linked to the NWMI are currently functioning in 16 centres across the country.


 

02 Twelve Years oldAs C Vanaja, award-winning film maker and journalist, marks a silver jubilee in journalism, she looks back on 25 years of story-telling in the print, broadcast and online media. For Vanaja, who is one of the founder members of the NWMI, it has not been easy, but she has enjoyed an extremely rewarding professional life. In her words, it was "A journey where there were no steps or elevators but one where I constructed each step on my own and climbed upon it." With the help of her courageous grandmother, she escaped child marriage, and was instead able to report about the health issues of child brides more than a decade later, as a professional journalist.

05l Chennai meet group photo incompleteThe 13th national meet of the NWMI was held in Chennai from 4 to 6 January 2018. With the central theme as ‘Gender and the Media – Challenges and Opportunities’, the conference aimed to bridge the gap in gender discourse within the media and focus on challenges faced by practitioners. Nearly a hundred media women from across India participated in the three-day meet, among whom were members from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and West Bengal.

How do Indian films portray women? Would Indian films do a much better job of it many more  stories came from women? How does the number of female writers on the team influence the representation of women in the film? An analysis of top Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films over 2016 and 2017 looks at the representation of women and the proportion of female writers for such films.
Journalist women 01After the murder of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari, Kashmiri women journalists reflect on the dangers of journalism in Kashmir and ways in which women journalists face additional risks. Whether confronting opposition at home, being targeted in conflict zones, vilification online, or lacking a union to rally for their rights, women journalists face a tough time in Kashmir, with nobody feeling safe.
The NWMI strongly condemns the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes' (AMMA) decision to reinstate actor Dileep who stands accused of being the mastermind behind the abduction and assault of a prominent woman actor from the Malayalam film industry in February 2017.
The NWMI is appalled at two shows broadcast on Times Now on May 28, 2018 on the Tejpal rape case that were both illegal and unethical. The two shows, that ran consecutively at 8 pm. and 9 pm. respectively, were titled ‘Secrets of a dark night’ on the India Upfront show, anchored by Times Now editor-in-chief Rahul Shivshankar and ‘Tejpal’s indiscretions caught on CCTV’ on the Newshour debate, anchored by Times Now Managing Editor-Politics Navika Kumar. The NWMI registered its protest with Times Now over the unethical and sensational coverage of a sensitive issue like sexual assault, and demanded that the videos be taken down. Here is a slightly edited version of the letter to Times Now.
The NWMI expresses solidarity with the courageous and meaningful journalism being practiced by Ravish Kumar, Executive Editor of NDTV India and demands that institutions mandated to protect the Indian Constitution take immediate and suo moto cognisance of the abuse and threats directed at him.
The Laadli Media Advocacy Initiative released a paper  "Media coverage of Kathua rape case". The report points out that media coverage of gender-based violence cannot be viewed separately from media coverage of women in general.
The NWMI stands in solidarity with Kashmiri photojournalist Masrat Zahra, who is being subjected to online abuse and intimidation for carrying out her journalistic duty.
Leela MenonLeela Menon joined journalism late, at the age of 46. But once she started, she devoted herself completely to her work, unfazed by illness and other challenges.  Prema Manmadhan writes in the New Indian Express on her memories of an extraordinary journalist from Kerala.