Report of NWMI's Thirteenth National Meet in Chennai, January 2018

The 13th national meet of the NWMI was held in Chennai from 4 to 6 January 2018. With the central theme as ‘Gender and the Media – Challenges and Opportunities’, the conference aimed to bridge the gap in gender discourse within the media and focus on challenges faced by practitioners. Nearly a hundred media women from across India participated in the three-day meet, among whom were members from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and West Bengal.

Read the full report, Gender and the Media: Challenges and Opportunities

Day 1, January 4

00a inauguralInaugural lighting of the lamp (from left): Ramya Kannan, NWMI Chennai; Bandita Panda, organising chair, Anna University; Raksha Kumar, NWMI; S Ganesan, registrar, Anna University; TM Krishna, chief guest; TV Geetha, dean, CEG, Anna University.

00b Dance at inauguration with caption            00 TMK
Inaugural dance. TM Krishna speaks at the inauguration.

             

00c Inaugural session cropped

Inaugural session (from left): Dr Bandita Panda, Raksha Kumar, Ramya Kannan, Dr A Kannan, department head, media science, Anna University; TM Krishna, and Dr TV Geetha.
        

03a Engendering change and the Tamil media

Session 1: Engendering change: how the Tamil media was a pioneer (from left): Dr Jaya Shreedhar, health consultant and journalist; Dr R Lakshmibai, former project director, Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiative; Ms Priya Babu, activist; Ms Shobha Warrier, senior journalist and writer. 

03aa Trolling in the times of post truth

Session 2: Trolling in the times of 'post-truth' (from left): Dhanya Rajendran, Shahina KK, Sasi Kumar (moderator), C Vanaja, AR Meyammei.

Day 2, January 5

03b Equity in the Newsroom

Session 3: Equity in the newsroom (from left): Peer Mohammed, M Gunasekaran (moderator), Priyanka, Gunavathy, Sonal Kellogg.

03c Reporting from the margins

Session 4: Reporting from the margins (from left): Aheli Moitra (Nagaland), Anjulika Samom, Manipur), Linda Chhakchhuak (Meghalaya), Pushpa Usendi (Bastar), Namita Waikar (PARI), Raihana Maqbool (Kashmir). 

Day 3, January 6

03d Session on SH at Workplace

Session 5: Sexual harassment at the workplace (from left): Sudha Ramalingam (advocate), C Vanaja, Rohini Mohan (moderator), Kirit Jayakumar (Red Elephant Foundation), Bhumika.
 
Workshops, network meetings and more...

03f Data visualisation workshop

03e Data visualisation workshop

Data visualisation workshop 

Data visualisation workshop 

03g online safety workshop

Online safety workshop 

04a Network meeting

Network meeting

04b Working lunch  on sexual harassment Dipti Nair  editor Yourstory Bangalore about case on her and publication after she wrote on Mahesh Murthy case

Dipti Nair, editor of Yourstory Bangalore, reports on a case

03h Shravya resource person for online safety workshop

Shravya, resource person for the online safety workshop, makes a point

 

04c Working lunch on ensuring sexual harassment redressal committees in media organisations

Working lunch meeting to take forward the network's long-standing initiative to survey media organisations regarding compliance with the law on sexual harassment in the workplace, and related matters

04e Chennai organising team .

The Chennai organising team (front): Jency Samuel, Ramya Kannan, V Saradha, and (back): Lavanya Natarajan, B Jayashree, Durganandini, Dhanya Rajendran, Induja Raghunath.

04d Chennai organising team

Women in Grey: NWMI Chennai organising team (from left): Ramya Kannan, B Jayashree, Induja Raghunatha, Susheela and Shamantha from Bengaluru, Jaymani, Jency Samuel.

05a Pune team

From Pune,  Namrata Phadnis, Megha Shimpi, Pratibha Chandran, Manaswini Prabhune, Prachi Bari. 

05b Kerala Team

From Kerala, Chithra Ajith, Leela Koomulli, Geetha MK, Geetha Bakshi, Beena Rani.

05e Rosamma Rehmat Shamanta Priyanka Susheela Nair Hemlataha H

Rosamma Thomas, Rehmat, Shamanta, Priyanka, Susheela Nair, Hemlatha H.

05c Urmi R Geeta S Laxmi M

Urmi Rahman, Geeta Seshu, Laxmi Murthy.

05k VJs Nagmani Priyanka Suprithi

VJs Nagmani, Priyanka and Suprithi.

05g Raihana Maqbool Baseera Rafiqi Jyoti Punwani

Raihana Maqbool, Baseera Rafiqi, Jyoti Punwani.

05d front row grey hairs

Grey haired front benchers: Jyoti Punwani, Kalpana Sharma, Ammu Joseph, Laxmi Murthy, Gita Aravamudan.

Jayanti Buruda from Odisha

Jayanti Buruda from Malkangiri, Odisha. 
Pushpa Usendi from Bastar Chhattisgarh
Pushpa Usendi from Bastar. 

Thingnam Anjulika Samom from Manipur

Dance by Navodayam journalists

Dance by rural journalists from Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh who run Navodayam, a women's magazine. 
Thingnam Anjulika Samom from Manipur.         

ZZ 99 Nityanand J walk on Pallikkaranai marshland

Early morning walk with environmental journalist Nityanand Jayaraman in the Pallikkaranai marshland. 

06a Play Ouvvai

The play Avvai staged during the meet.

ZZ 99 Rangoli

A colourful kolam welcomed participants to the meet. 

ZZ 99 At the flower shop

Buying flowers by the yard. 

ZZ 99 Coffee

Chennai coffee started the day. 

ZZ 99 Saradha introducing Sreemathy Mohan sari talk

An education in handlooms. 

05l Chennai meet group photo incomplete

The group photograph -- with most but not all the participants.