Over a 100 Media Executives attend Women in News Roundtable in Gaza

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As part of Women in News Program of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and its continuous activities, a round-table took place in Gaza, Palestine earlier this month on March 12, 2017.

More than  120 media executives, media houses’ representatives and journalists gathered at the Light House restaurant in Gaza to discuss the situation of women in Palestinian newsrooms, more specifically in Gaza, and discuss the current challenges female journalists are facing in the media industry.

The following facts and challenges female journalists in Gaza face were listed during the discussion:

  • Due to the current situation in Gaza, there are not enough job opportunities for female journalists.
  • Most media organizations are affiliated to political parties. Therefore, they prefer hiring individuals who are members of these parties.
  • The support of the private sector is very limited.
  • A large number of journalists are not full time employees, they rather work occasionally depending on events.
  • Training opportunities available for journalists in international organizations are very limited due to the siege.

Consequently, a list of recommendations was agreed on to improve the situation of women in Gaza’s newsrooms. Attendees confirmed the need to encourage journalists to attend trainings, to inspire media organizations to collaborate with civil society actors to find more job opportunities for female journalists, to create and develop the private sector’s media platforms, to encourage journalists to unify their media discourse, set priorities of needs and creative ideas and suggest solutions.

 

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.