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 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.

0 NWMI BannerThe 15th national conference of the Network of Women in Media, India will be held between February 7 and February 9, 2020 at the Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru.

As part of the conference, a public meeting on Citizenship, Identity and Migration will be hosted at the Indian Institute of Agricultural Technologists, Bengaluru, 5.30 pm onwards on February 7. 

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.
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.
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 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.