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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.


 

Ahmedabad: The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI), a national collective of women journalists, which concluded its 11th national meeting on Sunday, 28 September appeals to media establishments across the country to treat freelance journalists, of whom women constitute a large proportion, professionally and fairly.

Just one of the 25 highest circulation newspapers in the world – India has seven on that list -- has a woman in the top editorial post. For this report on the state of female newsroom leadership, Nieman Reports interviewed more than 40 academics, media entrepreneurs, investors, publishers, executives, and current and former editors from more than two dozen organisations. 

"In all the pictures I've taken behind the scenes, it's always overcrowded with stampeding men without a single wisp of anything womanly."  Meeta Ahlawat describes her frustration at having to fight for her place as a news photographer -- and also the adrenaline rush of seeing the photographs that she has shot in the next day's newspaper. 

'Media and gender: a scholarly agenda for the Global Alliance on Media and Gender', highlights research and action across the world, aiming to expand and improve women's participation across communication platforms. 

On June 25, 1975, a State of Emergency was declared in India. Though the official order was issued by President Fakhruddhin Ali Ahmed under Article 352(1) of the Constitution for "internal disturbance", it was Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who de facto declared it. Until the withdrawal of the Emergency on March 21, 1977, fundamental rights were suspended, political activity suppressed, civil liberties curbed and the press censored. Thirty-nine years on, members of the NWMI recall those turbulent times.

A Zee News employee who was fired after she got pregnant went to court and got her job back, and with back wages. Geeta Seshu reports in The Hoot

Gender and Media Watch for Elections 2014 will examine the print, broadcast and online media's coverage in relation to women and the 2014 elections. NWMI members from across India will comment on how political parties and candidates view women’s issues; female electorates; and the media’s handling and representation of women voters and politicians.

75 normal Journalism Final CoverNow, a book that tells you everything you wanted to know about freelance journalism but were afraid to ask. By Charukesi Ramadurai