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: Pamela.moriniere@ifj.org 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



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




Moderator: Karen Cepeda, FECOLPER, Colombia


3.45 Coffee break

3.45-5.00 Unions and Gender ethics


Azhgikhina, " Women journalists and peace",


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


Moderator: IFJ gender council