WAN-IFRA WIN expands in Southeast Asia with launch in Indonesia

The World Association of News Publishers’ Women in News (WAN-IFRA WIN) programme has expanded its footprint in Southeast Asia with the launch of activities in Indonesia.

In partnership with Indonesian Association for Media Development (PPMN), the programme has launched the WIN Leadership Accelerator, a one-of-its-kind career training for women journalists and editors. 

The Indonesia launch follows successful roll-outs of the Leadership Accelerator in Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines over the last two years.

Through a series of unique training, mentoring and individual coaching sessions, WIN gives women in media the opportunity to acquire new skills in a rapidly shifting landscape, and build their capacity to lead and transform their organisations.

The two-month Leadership Accelerator equips participants with the tools and skills they need to respond to existing challenges and emerging opportunities. Women journalists in Indonesia will be joining a programme that has impacted more than 1,500 women across 17 countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Arab region. 

At the end of the Accelerator, participants receive:

  • certification in media management training 
  • professional skills and leadership training  
  • gender balance and sexual harassment training  
  • one-on-one coaching to create a three-year career roadmap, and  
  • facilitated group mentoring with peers. 


The Indonesia expansion brings on board five new Advisory Partners: Jawa Pos, Republika, Tempo, Pikiran Rakyat, IDN Times and Media Indonesia. Media leaders, editors and journalists at these organisations will gain access to WIN’s diverse pool of experts on critical industry issues, including digital transformation, strategic planning and creating safer newsrooms.

“We are excited to launch the WIN Leadership Accelerator in Indonesia, as well as our Best Practice Share sessions, which give Advisory Partners unique insight into industry challenges and opportunities. In partnership with PPMN, we look forward to building more resilient, inclusive and healthier media organisations through tailored coaching, mentorship and training sessions,” said Khin Thandar Htay, WIN’s Director for Southeast Asia.

Eni Mulia, the Executive Director at PPMN, added that: “PPMN is very proud to work together with WAN-IFRA WIN and all Indonesian media partners in this Southeast Asia programme. I am sure it will help support women in media leadership to respond to the challenges faced by the industry today, which are sustainability and inclusivity in a digital business landscape.” 

As part of WIN’s commitment to creating more resilient newsrooms, the Indonesia launch also introduces Digital ABC, an online training course that helps media professionals better understand the impact of the digital shift on audiences in their country, and equips them with the necessary capacity to drive change within their organisations.

WAN-IFRA has had a long history of engagement in Indonesia. The organisation piloted a version of WIN in the country under its Strengthening Media and Society programme, which ran between 2015 and 2018. Indonesia is also part of the WAN-IFRA Media Freedom programme, whose work extends to support for media professionals across the country through safety, professional practice strengthening, and leadership training. WAN-IFRA’s Indonesia Media Freedom Committee has helped establish the organisation’s press freedom advocacy agenda since 2016. 

For more information on Women in News, visit the website: www.womeninnews.org 

Media contact:
Khin Thandar Htay
Director, Southeast Asia, WIN
khin.thandar@womeninnews.org

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