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
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)
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)
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