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.
For some time there has been a buzz about regressive content on national television and local channels. Even if these fall under the purview of entertainment, watched by millions including families with children, they show a very skewed perspectives about women and their role in society. The Bengal Network has discussed this issue from time to time and this has also been criticised in the media.
The Network of Women in Media, India condemns the harassment of Chennai-based independent journalist Sandhya Ravishankar following her expose on the illegal beach sand mining mafia in Tamil Nadu operating with political collusion.
Reporting from conflict areas is dominated by men and often gets reduced to the more 'adventurous' and 'dangerous' world of 'war zones'. But it's much broader and encapsulates many other kinds of wars as Divya Arya brings out...
NWMI member Vidhu Vincent won the Kerala government’s award for Best Film Director, and her feature film Manhole was declared the best film – the first time that the awards were bagged by a woman in their 47-year-old history.
Journalists who take on the establishment are routinely abused and intimidated. In this environment, the unconditional support of her colleagues in NWMI has had a special importance, said Neha Dixit in her acceptance speech for the Chameli Devi Jain Award 2016, dedicating her award "to the unacknowledged journalists who have suffered and survived repression and still told stories that need to be told."
With elections to the Legislative Assemblies imminent in seven states (Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand), NWMI's Gender, Media and Election Watch blog examines media coverage in relation to women and the elections. We hope to examine how political parties and candidates are viewing women's issues, female electorates, candidates and examine the media's handling of women voters and politicians.
Among the many challenges that independent journalists face are delayed payments, stolen pitches and the absence of any documents to hold media houses accountable. A Charter for Independent Journalists, discussed at NWMI’s National Meet in Ahmedabad in 2014, was taken forward at the Hyderabad Meet in November 2016.
The Network of Women in Media held its 12th National Meet at Osmania University, Hyderabad from 11 to 13 November, 2016. The 150 participants who attended the meeting came from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. A report of the three days of discussions and debates.
NWMI Bengal hosted a discussion on women's role in electronic journalism and film making with Samia Zaman, on her journey in journalism, starting with a job at the BBC in London to her current work in a popular TV channel in Bangladesh.
The Committee to Protect Journalists awarded Malini Subramaniam, a contributor to the news website scroll.in, its 2016 Press Freedom Award. CPJ noted that Subramaniam was one of the few journalists reporting from Bastar in Chhattisgarh, the epicenter of the conflict between Maoist and security forces, until she was forced to leave the area in early 2016.
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