We need your voice!  What can our industry do to improve women’s leadership and voices in the news?

Survey available in English, العربية, Français and Español.

Women in News and WAN-IFRA launch survey on gender equality in news industry. The survey examines how news publishers can promote women’s voices in the industry.

As part of International Women’s Day celebrations, WAN-IFRA has created the “Gender Reality Check” survey for media houses to take during the month of March.  It explores how the management of media houses can increase women’s leadership and voices in the news, and, how we as an industry can collectively promote gender equality.
Global reports show that men occupy 73% of the top media management jobs, whereas women occupy just 27% of the highest positions. Among the ranks of reporters, men hold nearly two-thirds of the jobs.  However, companies are recognising that having women in all levels of the organisation, including management and the boardroom, also makes business sense.
As a representative body to the world’s press, WAN-IFRA is uniquely placed to identify industry-led solutions to promote gender equality in news media. We also know that many of our members are undertaking serious measures to promote gender equality in their newsrooms and boardrooms (See Winning Strategies hand book here). We want to learn more to begin a conversation about how work together as an industry to accelerate this change.
Click here to contribute to the survey available in EnglishArabicFrench and Spanish.
Since 2010, WAN-IFRA has been working to increase women’s leadership and voices in the global news industry through its sector-leading Women in News programme. As part of these efforts, WAN-IFRA is committed to examining its own internal approach to gender equality and in December 2016 the Board passed a resolution committing itself to improving diversity in its own governance bodies. This Gender Reality Check is a first step in activating this commitment.
The survey also supports the ‘Step it Up’ UN Women Gender Equality Media Compact, an initiative to promote women’s leadership within the media industry and reduce gender bias in the news. WAN-IFRA is proud to support UN Women in its goal to achieve a 50/50 representation of women across all industries by 2030, and UNESCO’s “Women Make The News” campaign.
For more information please contact Melanie Walker, Director, Media Development: melanie.walker@wan-ifra.org

صوتك يهمّنا! ماالذي بوسع قطاعنا فعله لتحسين القيادة والأصوات النسائية في الأخبار؟ 

يطلق برنامج “النساء في الأخبار” والمنظمة العالمية للصحف وناشري الأنباء وان- إيفرا“استبياناً حول المساواة الجندرية في قطاع الأخبار للاستطلاع حول كيفية تعزيز الأصوات النسائية في القطاع من قبل ناشري  الأنباء.     

طرحت  منظمة وان-إيفرا،فيإطار الاحتفالات بعيد المرأة العالمي،استبياناً بعنوانالتحقق من الواقع الجندرييتعيّن علىدور الإعلام تعبئته خلالشهرآذار/مارس  لاكتشاف  كيف يمكن  لإدارة  دور  الإعلام  تعزيز  القيادة  والأصوات النسائية في الأخبار،وكيف يمكن لنا نحن كقطاع تعزيز المساواة الجندرية معاً.  

تظهر التقارير العالمية بأنالرجال يشغلون 73 فيالمئة منالوظائف الرفيعة المستوىفي الإدارةا لإعلامية،بينما تتولّى النساء 27 فيالمئة فقط منا لمناصب العليا. يشغل الرجال ،من بين المراسلين ،نحو ثلثي الوظائف. لكن الشركات تدرك بأن إشراك النساء في مستويات الشركة كافة،بما في ذلك الإدارة وقاعة الاجتماعات، أمر مربح.  

تعتبر وان-إيفرا،بصفتها إحدى الهيئات التمثيلية للصحافة العالمية،الأفضل لتحديد الحلول المحفّزة بالقطاع لتعزيز المساواة الجندرية في وسائل الإعلام الإخبارية. نعلم أيضاً بأن كثيرين من أعضائنا يتخّذون  إجراءات  جدية لتعزيز المساواة في غرف الأخبار وقاعات الاجتماعات (انظركتيّب استراتيجيات تشرك النساء في الاخبار). 

نودّ التعلّم أكثر لبدءحوار حولكيفية العمل معاً كقطاع لتسريع إنجاز هذا التغيير.   

انقر هنا للمساهمة في الاستبيان

تعمل وان-إيفرا منذ العام  2010  لتعزيز القيادة والأصوات النسائية في قطاع الأنباء العالمي من خلال برنامجها الرياديالنساءفي الأخبار

تلتزم وان-إيفرا، في إطار الجهود التي تبذلها، بمراجعة مقاربتها الداخلية الخاصة للمساواة الجندرية،و في كانونالأول 2016،أقرّ المجلس قراراً يلزم نفسه بتحسين التنوّع في الكيانات الإدارية التابعة له. يعتبر استبيان التحقق من الواقع الجندريبالتالي أول خطوّة لتفعيل هذا الالتزام.  

يدعم الاستبيان أيضاً مبادرة Step it Up UN Women Gender Equality Media Compact، لتعزيز القيادة النسائية ضمن القطاع الإعلامي والحد من التحيّز الجندريفيالأخبار. تفخر وان-إيفرا في هذا الإطار بدعم هيئة الأمم المتحدة للمرأة لتحقيق هدفها بالحصول على تمثيل بالمناصفة للنساء عبر القطاعات بحلول العام  2030، وحملة النساء تصنع الأخبارالخاصة باليونيسكو

لمزيد من المعلومات، الرجاء الاتصال بميلاني والكر،مديرة قسم التنمية الإعلامية، melanie.walker@wan-ifra.org

Women In News Somalia: Call for applications!

Download application form here.

The ‘Strengthening Somali Media’ programme by IMS-Fojo, together with the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), are pleased to invite women working for media in Somalia to apply for Year 2 of the Women in News (WIN) leadership development programme.

This follows a very successful Year 1 where 12 women graduated from the programme and are already contributing to the development of the media in Somalia. “We have built our confidence to now take positions of leadership not only in the newsroom but in life. We have learnt how to manage newsrooms but we have also learnt how to manage our personal affairs through the coaching and doing the 360 degrees which was a self-discovery. We believe this training has opened up opportunities for us to grow in our media careers.” (Year 1 Graduate)

WIN works with media companies (newspapers, radio, television, and online) and their potential female employees to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. The programme equips women media professionals in middle and senior management positions with the strategies, skills and support networks they need to take on a greater leadership role within their organisations. It also aims to promote greater gender balance in the news.

Successful applicants will benefit from the following:

  1. Training on newsroom leadership and self-management.
  2. One-on-one Coaching to develop the 3-to-5 Year Career Roadmap.
  3. Peer Mentoring to exchange ideas and experiences & create peer support networks.
  4. Networking opportunities in national or regional settings to grow business networks.

WHO CAN APPLY: Women in News welcomes applications from media women with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a senior position within media in Somalia. Those able to secure a letter of recommendation from their employers will have an added advantage. The programme is delivered in English. Although there are translation services, those with a working knowledge (speaking, understanding and writing) will have an added advantage.

Note: successful participants will be expected to travel on specific occasions throughout the programme, which runs from April through to December 2017.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit their application to  Abukar Albadri aal@mediasupport.org  Applications should arrive no later than Thursday,   30th March, 2017.