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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.


 

The NWMI expresses its deep concern over recent retaliatory lawsuits slapped on women who have spoken out and/or aided the process of disclosure about incidents of sexual harassment. A year after the revelations of sexual harassment in the media, arts and entertainment worlds during the second wave of “#MeToo” in India, women continue to be targeted for speaking up, besides being routinely harassed and bullied online. In this backlash, some women who shared their experiences of sexual harassment and those who supported them are not only having to deal with smear campaigns directed at them but are also being victimised and re-victimised through defamation suits filed by the men they named.
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.
Kalpana book launchNWM Mumbai hosted the launch of Single by Choice: Happily Unmarried Women (published by Women Unlimited) at the Mumbai Press Club on August 24. The book, edited by senior journalist Kalpana Sharma, is a compilation of 13 essays by Indian women, young and older, who have never married and who -- barring one writer -- are happy with their single lives. The one exception is Dalit writer Bama who chose to live as a single woman despite the harassment she suffered from the community. The launch saw Kalpana Sharma and journalist Aheli Moitra, one of the book’s contributors, in conversation with Mumbai-based writer Jerry Pinto.
The NWMI condemns the shocking attack and intimidation of a woman journalist on 8 September while she was travelling on duty in Srinagar, Kashmir and stands in solidarity with the Women Journalists' Association, Kashmir.

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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.

Ashwini 01September 2019 will mark a year since the flood of revelations of sexual harassment in the Indian entertainment and media industry. At a meeting organised by the Network of Women in Media, Bangalore and the Gamana Women’s Collective at the Press Club of Bangalore on August 12, 2019. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland, and Editorial Director, Feminist Studies, looks back at the promises and challenges of the movement against sexual harassment in a global context. The perils and strengths of social media-driven activism, and more specifically, the backlash against #MeToo were also discussed.
The NWMI condemns the hasty and undemocratic revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, amidst a clampdown on democratic rights and the right to free speech and expression in the state.
The Network of Women in Media, India condemns the arrest of Prashant Kanojia, Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla and demands their immediate release. These arrests are a serious clampdown on not just their fundamental rights but also the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and expression. They are also an indicator that the UP government is intolerant of dissent and selective in addressing crimes. Equating criticism of the chief minister with disturbing law and order is totally contrary to freedom of expression in a democracy.
NWMI's Gender, Media and Election Watch blog looks at how political parties, the media, candidates and the public in these states are responding (or not) to the need for gender equality and balance in politics. Where and who are the female candidates?  How are female voters seen and addressed?  How far do the media use a gender lens while covering elections?  How much and what kind of coverage do female candidates receive?  How far are female voters' perceptions and opinions taken into account in media reports?
Media reports about sexual violence may be geared towards raising awareness and justice but the images themselves sometimes end up doing damage instead because they reinforce the stereotype of women as “easy prey”, in turn encouraging rape culture. One powerful way to make society view such women as “survivors” and not “victims” is to change the way the media depicts them. NWMi member Ankita Anand writes about her innovative campaign.