Fourth National Meet of Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI)

Fourth National Meet of Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI)

The Media, War and Peace: Will the Media in South Asia Give Peace a Chance?


The Bengal Network of Women in Media will host the Fourth National Meet of the Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI) in Kolkata, from 3 to 5 February, 2006. NWMI is an autonomous nationwide body of women journalists working for the print, online and broadcast media. Set up in 2002, it aims to provide a forum for women in media-related professions to share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote media ethics, to work towards gender equality and justice in media and society.


Agenda and Schedule:


3 February, 2006

10.30 am – 12.30 pm: Documentary film show: A Day in the life of a Hangman by Joshy Joseph. Director Joshy will introduce the film.


1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch at Max Mueller Bhavan


5.00 pm – 8.00 pm: Inauguration and Panel Discussion. Venue: Gyan Manch, 11 Pretoria Street


Subject: Media, War and Conflict: Will the Media in South Asia Give Peace a Chance?


Chair: Kalpana Sharma, Deputy Editor and Mumbai Bureau Chief of The Hindu.


Speakers: Rehana Hakim, editor, Newsline (Pakistan); Manisha Aryal, radio director, Antenna Foundation ( Nepal); Sumi Khan, senior reporter, Daily Shamokal (Bangladesh); Sharmini Boyle, producer YA TV (Sri Lanka); Mariam Rawi, publisher, Women’s Message (Afghanistan); Urvashi Butalia, director, Zubaan publishers, (India).


4 February, 2006


Venue: Jadavpur University, School of Women Studies


Morning session

9.00 am – 9.30 am: Registration


9.30 am –  11.00 am


Chair: Prof. Shefali Moitra, director, School of Women Studies, Jadavpur University


a) Why gender is not a niche issue: Speaker - Ammu Joseph, journalist.

b) Gender budgeting: Speaker - Dr Nirmala Bannerjee, economist.


11.15 am – 12.15 pm


Chair : Dr Jasodhara Bagchi , chairperson, State Women’s Commission


a) Felicitation of Vidya Munshi, the oldest and one of the first women reporters of Bengal.

b) Presentation: Bengal Network of Women in Media


12.15 pm –1.30 pm


c) Discussion on setting up of a South Asia network of women journalists


Co-chairs from NWMI : Laxmi Murthy (Delhi) and Akhileswari (Hyderabad)


Afternoon Session

2.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Co-chairs from NWMI: Deepa Kandaswamy (Chennai) and Linda Chhakchhuak (North-East network)


Presentation by regional networks 10 mins each


Discussion on the presentations follow.


5 February, 2006


10.00 am – 2.00 pm 


The day starts with a 15 minutes’ demonstration by a yoga expert on how to relax while at work, journalism being one of the most stressful professions.


10.15 am: Session starts


Co chairs from NWMI: Payal Kumar (Delhi) and Meena Menon (Mumbai)


Future Activities:

a) Brainstorming on NWMI future programmes

b) Anjali Mathur on the future activities of the E-group and website. 

c) Anju Munshi on the freelancers’ difficulties; Rina Mukherjee on the age-limits for fellowships which excludes women who start late due to personal reasons.

d) Feedback on the Kolkata meet and Future NWMI Meet.


2.30 pm – 4.00 pm: Post-lunch “adda” (informal chat)


Invitation to creative writers, theatre persons, to interact with participants.


Topic: Gender and censorship


Moderators: Shoma A.Chatterji and Ranjita Biswas (Kolkata)


For more information: www.nwmindia.org