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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 Network of Women in Media, India, condemns the decision of The Wire to allow Vinod Dua, against whom sexual harassment accusations have been levelled, to use his show ‘Jan Gan Man Ki Baat: Rafale Deal and Rising Fuel Prices’ to malign the #METoo movement and mock the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him as ‘muck’.

In the first video that was uploaded on Tuesday, October 16, Vinod Dua said the media was not asking the government questions on 'real issues', and was instead preoccupied with stories of “who sexually harassed whom how many years ago”.

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) vehemently denounces the attacks on journalists, including several women journalists, at Nilackal/Sabarimala. Saritha S Balan of The Newsminute, Pooja Prasanna of Republic, Radhika Ramaswamy of CNN-News 18 and Maushumi Singh of India Today were attacked today while attempting to cover the situation at the entry point to the Sabarimala hill temple, scheduled to open for monthly rituals this evening. Yesterday several journalism students were stopped by protesters, mainly female, who were stopping and screening all vehicles bound for Pampa. It is up to the government to see that more names are not added to the list and that mob frenzy is not allowed to interfere with freedom of expression, the public's right to information and the media's responsibility to report on events and issues of public concern.
NWMI (Network of Women in Media, India) extends its unstinting support to the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) of the Malayalam film industry in its relentless crusade to seek justice for a Malayalam actor who was sexually assaulted in February 2017. WCC has been fighting against the apathy of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) in Kerala, that has reinstated actor Dileep who is accused of masterminding the assault on the survivor (Dileep was suspended from AMMA following his arrest last year but was arbitrarily reinstated when he got out on bail this year).

The Network of  Women in Media, India, along with the Foundation for Media Professionals and BrihanMumbai Union of Journalists, stands in solidarity with Priya Ramani and others who have accused former editor and current Union Minister of State MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct, and condemn what we see as a concerted effort to throttle an equal rights movement by using the threat of defamation suits to intimidate women who have gathered the courage to speak up. 

We express our deep dismay at the allegations of sexual harassment, including assault, levelled by several journalists against Mr Akbar who continues to hold office in the Central Government despite these allegations. 

Me Too from IEAs the flood of painful stories about sexual harassment endured in media workplaces shared by Indian women journalists continues unabated, memories of similar trauma endured over several years in the mid-1980s bubble to the surface. Rajashri Dasgupta recalls the dark days, decades after she managed to heal herself and move on.
Disclosure after disclosure by Indian women over the past week have brought to public attention for the first time the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in Indian media workplaces. The experiences shared by women journalists across the country 20 years ago and recorded in Ammu Joseph's book, Making News: Women in Journalism, first published in 2000, establish that the existence of the problem has been known for a long time, as have some of the names now tumbling out of the closet.
The Network of Women in Media in India stands in absolute solidarity with all those who have bravely spoken up about their experiences of sexual harassment within the Indian media. This is a watershed moment for all of us in journalism. We have witnessed and reported on sexual harassment in different fields and the need for strong mechanisms for redress. As the spotlight turns on us, we welcome this and encourage more women to document their accounts without fear or inhibitions.
The NWMI has recognised sexual harassment at the workplace as a serious problem since its inception.  The Bangalore network conducted the first survey of SHW in Indian media back in 2001, even before the network was launched at the national level in January 2002.  The NWMI's first statement on a case of sexual harassment in a media workplace dates back to 2003. NWMI's past statements on instances of sexual harassment at the workplace that came to the network's attention, as well as the gang rape of a journalist on a work assignment, are given here:
PII ICRC 2018 1The Annual Awards 2018 for the best articles and photographs on a humanitarian subject, instituted by the Press Institute of India (PII) and the New Delhi Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), were announced and presented in Chennai on 21 September 2018.  Two NWMI members, Maitri Porecha and Rakhee Roytalukdar, were among the eight awardees.
Urvashi LadliMembers of the NWMI won accolades at the recently concluded Laadli Media Awards ceremony. The 9th edition of the Laadli Award was held at United Services Institute of India, New Delhi on September 14.  Eighty-two media professionals from across the country working in 13 languages were honoured for their outstanding effort in highlighting gender concerns. The awards were presented by P Sainath, a renowned development journalist, founder editor of People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and Magsaysay Award winner along with other leaders from the media and development sectors.