For a brief moment this week, the media world united in a call for more women in leadership, more women on news pages and an end to sexual harassment.
International Women’s Day (IWD) gave organisations, such as Women in News, an opportunity to up their campaigning. And in terms of media coverage, events and social media activity, it worked. So too did asking media leaders to pledge to make a difference.
Op-eds, written by WIN directors,for an end to sexual harassment, more active engagement by news audiences and a better deal for women in newsrooms and on news pages received widespread coverage across our countries of operation in Africa and the Arab Region.
WIN leaders were out in force, speaking at events and on panels – all with one mission in mind – calling for more Women in News, more women leaders and increased pressure for change.
WIN hosted and supported four online webinars:
– International Women’s Day: Challenging gender data and reporting organized by Wanadata.
– Women in Media: Leadership challenges and change opportunities in partnership with the National Committee for Women in Jordan and UN Women Jordan.
– Image of women in media in partnership with National Council for Women in Egypt.
– Launching of “I Will Not Stay Silent” Coalition with ARIJ, IREX, Facebook and IWMF.
And media leaders stepped up to the challenge of pledging to make a difference. Here are just a few: