IFJ Conference: Ethics and Gender: Equality in the newsroom

What is women's representation in the news management? How do women journalists make their way in today's media changes? What role can journalists unions play in promoting gender equality? How can media strengthen gender portrayal in the news?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the International Federation of Journalists' (IFJ) Conference on Ethics and Gender- Equalityin the newsroom on 30-31st May at the International Auditorium Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5 1210 Bruxelles

In addition to the launch of the IFJ gender booklet on "Getting the balance right", the conference will examine the performance of journalists in reporting gender issues and how greater equality improves journalism ethics. The conference will also assess the status of women in the media and examine the role journalists' unions play in promoting gender ethics in the newsroom.  

60 journalists from across the world will convene in Brussels to discuss and assess a range of programmes and campaigns that have been tried and tested out in the recent years.

A whole day will be dedicated to IFJ affiliates' initiatives to stop gender inequalities in the profession.

The Conference is sponsored by UNESCO, LO.TCO, IMS the Norwegian ministry of Foreign affairs and the IFJ.

Press contact: [email protected] tel 00 32 2 235 22 16/00


30th May 2009

9.30- registration

10.00 am Opening

IFJ gender council chair

Alton Grizzle, UNESCO

Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary

Jim Boumelha, IFJ President

10.30- 11.30 Telling stories that respect equality

Lavinia Mohr, "Global Media Monitoring Project 2010", WACC

Mounia Belafia, "Ethics and Gender in the news", SNPM, Morocco

Stéphane Hoebeke, "Sexists stereotypes in the news", RTBF, Belgium

Moderator: Faranak Atif, Association of Iranian Journalists

11.30 Coffee break


Lunch: 12.30-1.30

1.30-3.30 Women in the Newsroom- Managing change

Colleen Morna, "Women in the Newsroom- Managing change in Southern Africa", Genderlinks

Ilhem Tyr, "Women journalists in Algeria, reality up for debate", National union of journalists of Algeria, SNJ

Zuliana Lainez, "Women journalists and new media addressing gender in Latin America", ANPP, Union of journalists in Peru

Norila Mohd Daud, "Women, media and the glass ceiling in Malaysia", Malaysian union of journalists



Moderator: Karen Cepeda, FECOLPER, Colombia

3.30- 3.45 Coffee break

3.45-5.00 Unions and Gender ethics

Nadezhda Azhgikhina, " Women journalists and peace", Russian Union of Journalists

Khady Cisse, " Women in union leadership", Journalists union of Senegal

Analia Freund, "Gender mainstreaming in unions' structures in Argentina. Predefined spaces or empowering journalists' activists", Federation of media workers of Argentina

Marieke Koning, "Decent work decent life for women campaign", International Trade Union Confederation

Moderator: Beth Costa, FENAJ, Brazil
31st May

9.30- 12.30 Regional Workshops: Defining an agenda on gender equality (Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa- MENA, Africa)

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-4.00 Report from workshops and adoption of motion and recommendations

Moderator: IFJ gender council chair