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

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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).

33 women journalists meet in Johannesburg for WIN’s Media Management Training

Article by: Christine Nguku

“The Media Management Training opened my eyes to see that women, myself included, limit themselves and hardly ever get to use their full capacities at work and at home”. These are the words of Juliet Makwama, an Assistant News Editor at Millenium Radio in Zambia, at the close of a five-day Media Management training in Johannesburg, South Africa. She said she came expecting to learn something about managing the news team she supervises back home, but got much more than that. The first module presented by Paula Fray on the first day, demonstrated to participants the obvious positions women take unconsciously at the work place, which limit their professional growth and advancement. Juliet said the module was a realization that women think in a limited way, and always seek validation, reassurance and support from male counterparts for decisions they make at the work place, and in life.

“I will not allow being female limit my career development prospects. I will do everything possible to change the way I do things as a professional, socially, at family level and community level. I know I can make a positive contribution to society. I will never accept to be put down because I am a woman”, Juliet vowed.

Sellina Khonje on her part was excited to discover that she can crack the numbers and interpret a balance sheet into simple terms after the Finance module during the training.

“I can do maths, I can look at a balance sheet and understand what the numbers mean. It is not that hard, I can do it”, Sellina said confidently.

Being a Chief Producer at Times Group in Malawi, Sellina says the Media Management Training has given her lots more useful skills than she had imagined. She adds that she realized that there were many activities she was involved in at the workplace which she didn’t know were directly Finance or Human Resource or even Marketing, despite having the job description of a Producer.

“With this knowledge, nobody is going to mess with my budgets and my account statements for the programmes I am in-charge of ”, she declared. When she returns home Sellina intends to make a short presentation to her supervisors and her news team about some of the modules of the training, as a way of displaying her newly acquired skills and to let everyone know that she can be a reference point at a new level.

Juliet and Sellina are among 33 media women in the Women In News (WIN) programme, who have just concluded their first Media Management Training in Johannesburg, South Africa, under the Wits University.

The Management training brings together women from six African countries, namely Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya.

The women will attend the second Media Management Training later this year before they are awarded management certificates.

الاجتماع الوطني الأول في رام الله: مناقشة الوضع الحالي للإعلاميات الفلسطينيات

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 .كجزء من نشاطات برنامج النساء في الأخبار للمنظمة العالمية للصحف وناشري الأنباء (وان-ايفرا) وبمناسبة اليوم العالمي للمرأة، تم تنظيم الاجتماع الوطني الأول في فلسطين يوم 7 آذار 2017 في رام الله

.اجتمع إعلاميون تنفيذيون وممثلون عن مؤسسات إعلامية مرموقة وصحافيون في فندق غراند بارك في رام الله لمناقشة الوضع الحالي للإعلاميات الفلسطينيات وللتعرف الى برنامج النساء في الأخبار ونشاطاته

:تمت مناقشة الوقائع والتحديات التالية

.تمثل الصحفيات 17% من نسبة المنتسبين لنقابة الصحافيين، وهذا التمثيل العدد لا ينعكس في مواقع قيادة النقابة -

.جهاز الإحصاء المركزي بين أن الصحفيات العاملات هن 25% من العدد الكلي لمن يعملون في الصحافة- ولكن هذا الرقم غير واقعي -

.لا زالت الصحفيات يواجهن سياسة تمييز في العمل -

.قدرة امرأة واحدة على تغيير سياسة وكالة، تبقى محدودة إن لم يتم دعمها بسياسات وقوانين -

.تواجه الصحفية المستقلة تحديات مجتمعية وسياسية لكي تصل لمواقع صنع القرار -

بالتالي، تم تحديد قائمة توصيات لتحسين وضع الصحافيات داخل غرف الأخبار. توافق المجتمعون على حاجة اعتماد كوتا في نقابة الصحافيين لا تقل عن 35% في الأمانة العامة للنقابة وكل الهيئات المنبثقة عنها، رقابة أماكن عمل الصحفيات والتأكيد أن المؤسسات الإعلامية تلتزم بالحد الأدنى للأجور، دعم وتطوير الصحفيات عبر التدريبات و التركيز على صورة المرأة في الإعلام وتطويرها