Putting gender on the media agenda in South Asia

As part of our work with gender and media, we are running training for South Asian journalists – which parallels the course we are providing in Tanzania this December. Mainstreaming Gender in the Media aims to forge stronger links between media organisations and NGOs working for female equality. The workshop will be held in India’s capital from 16 to 20 February 2015, and will be attended by female and male journalists and NGO staff from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

Training is tailored to regional and national contexts. In countries where men outnumber women (due to infanticide and gendercide), it is difficult to address such issues – and the media has a key role in educating and effecting changes in attitude. Widely covered cases including the Delhi gang rape in 2012  – and its legacy – will be discussed in the training.

The workshop will devote a day to a seminar on how media can be used to address women’s issues, and two days will focus on skills for gender-sensitive programming and producing and sharing content to educate the public on gender topics. The training will also include a one-day field visit to development projects local to Delhi. Discussions throughout will centre on gender representation, content guidelines, international best practice on the reporting of women’s and children’s issues, local law and regulations on gender, and the role of media in social change.

Mainstreaming Gender in the Media will be led by Kate Butler and Tinku Ray from the UK and India respectively – both highly experienced public service broadcasters.

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Image: A One Billion Rising event in Delhi in 2013, one of hundreds of demonstrations for a global campaign to end violence against women. Credit: Anoo Bhuyan/Creative Commons

See also:

Developing women’s voices in East African media

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