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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.


 

Network of Women in Media, India and Gender at Work jointly conducted a survey of media houses’ responses to the issue of sexual harassment. The survey was filled by 456 women (including cis women, transwomen and gender fluid individuals), working in print, electronic, online media, radio, on a full-time, part-time, contract, stringer or freelance basis. It also included journalism educators, trainers and researchers. It was filled in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. HIghlights from the survey:
The Network of Women in Media, India, a forum for women media professionals from across the country, seeks to support promising women journalists working in challenging situations, remote areas or conflict zones, often without regular pay or proper equipment. Young women from Adivasi, Dalit and minority communities face immense hardships while trying to be journalists. Many new entrants to the profession do not have access to professional training or mentoring, and several such struggling journalists are even denied the bylines that could help build up their body of work. Yet, we know they represent a pool of immense talent and commitment to journalism that could bloom, given a little encouragement.
The NWMI concluded its 14th national meeting in New Delhi on 3 February 2019 with a renewed resolve to continue calling upon media organisations, especially decision makers within them, to recognise that gender equality is a fundamental right, and that ensuring inclusive and safe workplaces (within and outside offices), as well as gender aware and balanced coverage of events and issues, are Constitutional obligations that they are duty bound to seriously strive to fulfil.
Making gender count: towards visbility, equity and safety has interviews, reports and personal accounts on the conference theme -- sexual harassment in the workplace. The souvenir also contains a short history of NWMI, its activities, achievements, and highlights of previous conferences.

Although women constitute around half of the human population, their voices and opinions are not proportionately heard in the public sphere. Television news channels in India regularly feature panel discussions with spokespersons and experts to analyse and debate current events and issues, but women are invariably under-represented in these forums. 
NWMI volunteers monitored TV news channels for women’s representation, for one month, covering 28 channels in 12 languages. The report on the Study on the Representation of Women in Indian TV News Channels was released on February 1, 2019.

The NWMI is deeply concerned about the continuing threat to a Guwahati-based woman journalist, and demands that the police take stronger action on her FIR detailing the alleged assault by a reporter of Republic TV.
Journalists need the freedom to investigate and report on stories of public interest –whether illegal sand mining or corrpuption– and hold those in power accountable. A free press, is after all, one of the cornerstones of a democracy, without which it would be reduced to a farce. The NWMI therefore calls upon the Tamil Nadu police to desist from harassing journalists and stop the witch-hunt to which they are being subjected. The BJP must ask its members to cease false propaganda and innuendo against journalists who were doing their job.
The NWMI expresses strong support for and draws the media’s attention to the Kisan Mukti March at New Delhi on November 29 and 30, 2018, when thousands of farmers and farm labourers from across India will be marching to the capital. This is an opportunity to generate detailed, genuine debate on the future of agriculture, a sector that sustains us all.
The NWMI strongly objects to the statement issued by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi on November 3, 2018, to editors and decision-makers in the news media, requesting them to refrain from deputing women journalists of a particular age group to Sabarimala to cover the reopening of the temple for a special puja on Monday (November 5).  We believe this is an unjustified and unacceptable interference in the functioning of the media and an unfair obstacle in the way of journalists –who happen to be women–  who wish to cover an important story of public interest.
MeToo logo by Manjula PIn the wake of the spread of the #MeToo movement, where a number of survivors of sexual harassment have come forward to publicly name perpetrators, the Mumbai chapter of the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and Mumbai Press Club convened a discussion at the Mumbai Press Club on October 24. Urvashi Sarkar reports