First Global Women in News Summit to be held in association with World News Media Congress in Durban

On 7 June 2017, more than 200 leading editors and journalists from around the world will hear from innovative women at the top of the news game at the inaugural Women In News Summit.

durban“Breaking through”, is the theme of the Summit, which is being held in association with the World News Media Congress and World Editors Forum, taking place in Durban from 7-9 June. It is a component of WAN-IFRA’s sector-leading Women in News initiative, which seeks to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news.

Media executives who are redefining the media landscape – on their terms, speakers and mentors speaking the inaugural Women in News Summit in Durban include:

  • Catherine Gicheru, Country Lead, Code for Kenya, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Kenya
  • Ritu Kapur, Co-Founder & CEO, The Quint, India
  • Lisa MacLeod, Head of Digital, Times Media Group, South Africa
  • Verashni Pillay, former Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post South Africa
  • Maria A. Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines
  • Helje Solberg, CEO/Editor, VGTV, Norway
  • Monica Almeida, Bureau Chief, El Universo, Equador
  • Fatemah Farag, Founder and Director, Welad Elbalad Media Services LTD, Egypt, Director, WIN MENA

As part of the Summit, a panel session hosted by Google will address the Gender Representation and Gender Bias in News Reporting in the Age of Social Media.  The full programme of conferences and workshops taking place in Durban can be found here (

Laureates of the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award 2017 will be honoured at the WIN Summit. Two top achieving editors, one from the Middle East, North Africa region and one from sub-Saharan Africa will each receive a 2017 WIN Newsroom Leadership Award for exceptional contributions to their newsrooms.

Online registration for the World News Media Congress is available at :

Contact – Inquiries

Melanie Walker, Director Media Development WAN-IFRA,

المنتدى الأول للنساء في الأخبار في مصر


يُعقد مساء اليوم المنتدى الأول للنساء في الأخبار في مصر و الذي تنظمه المنظمة العالمية للصحف وناشري الأنباء (وان-ايفرا)  ليجمع كبار الإعلاميين التنفيذيين ورؤساء التحرير والصحفيين وخبراء الإعلام في مصر لمناقشة التوازن بين الجنسين داخل غرف الأخبار والمؤسسات الإعلامية

وينطوي هذا المنتدى ضمن نشاطات برنامج «النساء في الأخبار» في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، الذي بادرت به المنظمة العالمية للصحف وناشرو الأنباء (وان-ايفرا) في مصر ولبنان والأردن وفلسطين، بالإضافة إلى المنتديات التي تجمع قياديي الإعلام في البلدان الأربعة، يتضمن البرنامج تدريبات على إدارة وسائل الإعلام لصحفيات واعدات في المنطقة وجلسات فردية مع مدربات وطنيات واجتماعات وطنية على مدار السنة.

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A quick glance at WIN Lebanon’s second Media Executives Roundtable


Following previous advocacy events in Lebanon that aim at gathering media executives who are involved in Women in News program in Lebanon, a roundtable for editors in chief and representatives of several media organizations in Lebanon took place on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Le Vendome Hotel in Beirut.

After an open discussion between present media actors about gender inequalities in the newsrooms, a draft of a gender agreement was discussed. This gender agreement will be presented to different media organizations in Lebanon to be signed. The signee organizations will be committed to raising awareness and advocating for gender equality within their media organization. The signature of this document will be followed by individual meetings with Human Resource Departments at the concerned media organizations to work towards implementing this gender agreement that includes a sexual harassment policy.

Media executives who attended the Roundtable are: Iyad Mousalli (Lebanese Editor’s syndicate), Dalal Saoud (The Arab Weekly), Batoul Khalil (Al Modon Electronic newspaper), Najat El Gemayel (Lebanese Forces Website), Rola Abdallah (Al Mustaqbal newspaper) and Sabine El Hajj (Al Joumhouriya Newspaper).

The Roundtable was also attended by Nadim Ladki (The Daily Star newspaper and Steering committee member of Women in News in Lebanon), Fatemah Farag (Women in News MENA Director) and Myra Abdallah (Women in News MENA Program Manager).