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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.


 

As elections approach in Karnataka, NWMI's Gender, Media and Election Watch blog looks at how political parties and candidates in the state are viewing women's issues and female electorates, and candidates, and examines the media's handling of women voters and politicians.
The Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI), a collective of women media professionals across India, strongly condemns the patronising behaviour of Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, towards a woman journalist, Lakshmi Subramanian, at a press conference held in Chennai on Tuesday, April 17. The Governor decided to pat Lakshmi on the cheek when asked a question by the journalist – an act that amounts to sexual harassment at the workplace under the laws of the country.
Swathi cartoonThe NWMI strongly condemns the filing of an FIR against journalist and cartoonist Swathi Vadlamudi under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (“deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs”). The cartoon in question depicts the mythical Hindu gods, Ram and Sita, on the issue of abduction and violence against women in India.

Jayanti on the moveJayanti Buruda, recipient of the first NWMI Fellowship (2017-18), describes her challenging journey from a village in the remote Malkangiri district of Odisha to becoming the first Adivasi girl to study and become a journalist. She feels the NWMI Fellowship recognised her potential and allowed her to follow her dream.

My name is Jayanti Buruda. I am an Adivasi girl from the Koya tribe. My life started in Serpally, a small village in Odisha’s Malkangiri district.  Since my childhood, it was a dream to pursue education somewhere outside but my father used to say if you have the desire to study, you can do so in any place. In the school that I studied there were hardly any teachers or any competition among the students, which was quite discouraging for me. But, anyway, with the guidance of my teachers I passed my tenth standard exam – the only student to pass, out of the 11 students in my class.

The NWMI is concerned about the order issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, on 4 April 2018 constituting a committee for framing regulations for online media/news portals and online content. We beleive that without the involvement of stakeholders in the media industry, such as working journalists, editors and their genuinely representative bodies, and members of the public, no decision on best practices can be taken by a state sponsored committee with an over-representation of bureaucrats.
Chitra Ahanthem and Radhika MB croppedMembers of the Network of Women in Media, Bangalore (NWMB) got together at the Press Club in the last week of March for a session featuring two speakers (both network members):  Chitra Ahanthem providing insights into the political situation in the northeastern region in general and Manipur in particular in the wake of the recent Assembly elections, and Radhika MB speaking about the experiences that led to her book on "visa wives" in the US.
Ambika RajaAmbika Raja, 22, trainee reporter based in Kozhokode, Kerala, has been awarded the Second NWMI Fellowship (2018-19), instituted to support women journalists working in challenging situations of various kinds.
RANJITA BISWASRanjita Biswas, member of the Bengal network of NWMI, received the Sahitya Akademi’s Best Translation Award (English) for 2018. Ranjita received the award for her translation of “Written in Tears” (Harper Collins), a collection of novellas and short stories by Arupa P Kalita on the theme of conflict in Assam in the 1980-90s.
NWMI strongly condemns the physical violence meted out to journalists covering a padyatra (long march) by students and teachers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on March 23 and demands strict action against the perpetrators.
Uma Sridhar acceptance photograph croppedUma Sudhir was presented with the Chameli Devi Award for an Outstanding Woman Journalist for the year 2017 by The Media Foundation in Delhi on 9 March 2018.  In her acceptance speech, Uma paid tribute to reporters across the country who do the everyday reporting integral to journalism and to the camerapersons and team work without which TV journalism in particular would be impossible.  She also raised the contentious issue of what is “national” and what is “regional,” and questioned the unfortunate, growing tendency to reduce reporters to mere soundbite collectors.