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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.


 

FinalcoverGAW2020AayushiFew media women who experience sexual harassment at their workplaces report it. Complaints to media houses’ internal committee rarely have a satisfactory outcome. Training workshops on sexual harassment are not routinely conducted though legally required.

These are among the findings of a survey conducted by Network of Women in Media, India, and Gender at Work. The report, ‘Creating Safe Workplaces: Prevention and Redressal of Sexual Harassment in Media Houses in India’, was released on International Women's Day, 2020. The online survey was conducted to assess whether and how effectively media houses across India are responding to the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace.
Pune workshop Ghaswalla Seshan DeshmukhThe Pune chapter of  NWMI and the Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ) organised a session on work opportunities in the shrinking media job market, as part of the conference “Enhancing media skills” held at the Patrakar Sangh in advance of International Women’s Day. Participants included journalists and students of journalism and communication from Pune.
The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) has learned that the material evidence and case records of a violent attack on a journalist and a media organisation in Arunachal Pradesh in 2012 have been reported 'untraceable'. This is a grave lapse on the part of the law enforcement system and does not bode well for the pursuit of justice. We call for the unacceptable procedural lapse to be rectified immediately so that the case can be investigated and heard without further delay.
The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) condemns, in the strongest terms, the widespread attack on journalists reporting on the communal violence in the capital, particularly North East Delhi, over the past week. The attacks were clearly an attempt to threaten, harm and silence journalists engaged in their professional duty to inform the public about the situation prevailing in the city. We call upon members of our profession to uphold the highest standards and ethics of journalism and not fall prey to divisive and partisan interests in their reportage.
The Network of Women In Media, India (NWMI) notes with concern a lack of commitment and increasing confusion in India’s English news media regarding the coverage of sexual harassment. The latest episode is the disappearance of several articles about complaints of alleged molestation made against lawyer Soumya Dasgupta, son of BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta and journalist Reshmi Dasgupta.
The NWMI concluded its 15th national meeting in Bangalore on 9 February 2019 with a renewed commitment to the critical role of the news media in a democracy, at a time when constitutional values are under threat from intensified intolerance of the nation’s diversity and pluralism. The NWMI also took serious note of attacks on journalists and the routine violations of the fundamental right to freedom of expression, to information and communication, and to dissent.

The Network of Women in Media, India, strongly condemns the brutal assault on students participating in protests, and mediapersons covering the protests, over the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, in Assam as well as in Delhi, Aligarh and other cities. The violent attacks, by both government security forces and unidentified protestors, serve to curb citizens’ freedom to express their opinions on current affairs and journalists’ freedom to report events fairly and accurately.

Single Bangalore launch by Bhumka KOn November 5, the Bangalore chapter of the Network of Women in Media, India organised a book event with senior journalist Kalpana Sharma, editor of the recently released anthology of essays titled, Single by Choice: Happily Unmarried Women, and two Bangalore-based network members who contributed to the book, Sharda Ugra and Sharanya Gopinathan. Revathi Siva Kumar reports on the lively session at the Champaca Bookstore, Library & Café in Bangalore.
Kashmir meet 2019  Gurbir Nirupama Anuradha AspiKashmir Times executive editor Anuradha Bhasin spoke at the Mumbai Press Club on September 19 about the difficulties that the press faces in Kashmir after the lockdown on August 5 following the change in Kashmir's special status guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution. She was in conversation with another member of NWMI, Nirupama Subramanian, resident editor of Indian Express, Mumbai.  Also on the panel was Aspi Chinoy, a senior lawyer from the Bombay High Court.

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The ongoing shutdown of virtually all means of communication in the Kashmir valley has resulted in the throttling of independent media, which is continuing a month after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5, 2019. Laxmi Murthy and Geeta Seshu, a two-member team from the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and the Free Speech Collective (FSC), who recently spent five days in the Valley, report on the situation.