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The Network of Women in Media, India, is an association which aims to provide a forum for women in media professions to share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote media awareness and ethics, and work for gender equality and justice within the media and society. Local groups linked to the NWMI are currently functioning in 16 centres across the country.


 

The NWMI condemns the shocking attack and intimidation of a woman journalist on 8 September while she was travelling on duty in Srinagar, Kashmir and stands in solidarity with the Women Journalists' Association, Kashmir.

Kashmir report 2019 cover photograph

The ongoing shutdown of virtually all means of communication in the Kashmir valley has resulted in the throttling of independent media, which is continuing a month after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5, 2019. Laxmi Murthy and Geeta Seshu, a two-member team from the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and the Free Speech Collective (FSC), who recently spent five days in the Valley, report on the situation.

Ashwini 01September 2019 will mark a year since the flood of revelations of sexual harassment in the Indian entertainment and media industry. At a meeting organised by the Network of Women in Media, Bangalore and the Gamana Women’s Collective at the Press Club of Bangalore on August 12, 2019. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland, and Editorial Director, Feminist Studies, looks back at the promises and challenges of the movement against sexual harassment in a global context. The perils and strengths of social media-driven activism, and more specifically, the backlash against #MeToo were also discussed.
The NWMI condemns the hasty and undemocratic revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, amidst a clampdown on democratic rights and the right to free speech and expression in the state.
The Network of Women in Media, India condemns the arrest of Prashant Kanojia, Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla and demands their immediate release. These arrests are a serious clampdown on not just their fundamental rights but also the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and expression. They are also an indicator that the UP government is intolerant of dissent and selective in addressing crimes. Equating criticism of the chief minister with disturbing law and order is totally contrary to freedom of expression in a democracy.
NWMI's Gender, Media and Election Watch blog looks at how political parties, the media, candidates and the public in these states are responding (or not) to the need for gender equality and balance in politics. Where and who are the female candidates?  How are female voters seen and addressed?  How far do the media use a gender lens while covering elections?  How much and what kind of coverage do female candidates receive?  How far are female voters' perceptions and opinions taken into account in media reports?
Media reports about sexual violence may be geared towards raising awareness and justice but the images themselves sometimes end up doing damage instead because they reinforce the stereotype of women as “easy prey”, in turn encouraging rape culture. One powerful way to make society view such women as “survivors” and not “victims” is to change the way the media depicts them. NWMi member Ankita Anand writes about her innovative campaign.
Nileena ACJ PrizeNWMI member Nileena M S won the ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism, 2018, for her story ‘Coalgate 2.0: The Adani Group reaps benefits worth thousands of crores of rupees as the coal scam continues under the Modi government’ published as a cover story in Caravan magazine in March 2018.
The NWMI expresses shock at the intimidatory and illegal behaviour towards a woman editor at the New Delhi bureau of Agencia EFE, a Spanish news agency, and demands immediate redressal.