Women Journalists From Across India At The 15 National Meet Of Network Of Women In Media India

Urmila Chanam
Posted February 10, 2020 from India

The 15th national conference of Network of Women in Media, India attended by 150 women journalists from 17 states and union territories across India concluded on 9th February 2020 in Bengaluru, the city where it all began and was packed with discussions, workshops, exhibition, cultural program and get-togethers at the Indian Social Institute and Indian Institute of Agricultural Technologists. 

Women journalists from Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Odisha participated in the three-day conference between 7th-9th February 2020.

The theme of the conference was “The Media, Citizenship and Identities” and there was an exhibition of posters, banners and slogans from the recent uprising against CAA-NRC-NPR and clampdown on universities at the venue.

Important discussions on gender, climate change and disasters and the role of media as mediator; citizenship, identity and migration; journalism, culture and identity; six months of the Kashmir blockade; the ethics of ‘fixer’ journalism; culture and arts in times of trouble were accompanied by an impressive performance a musical conversation by singers M D Pallavi and Bindhu Malini as they examined gender through stories of women across continents and generations.

Feminist, film maker, writer and speaker, Madhu Bhushan spoke in the panel on Citizenship, Identity and Migration giving insights on citizenship and vulnerabilities and example of nomadic communities. The problem with the process of considering citizenship as per NRC is the uncertainty for those segment of people like the nomadic communities and other marginalized communities which do not have the concept of documentation of their citizenship- they may be landless and without an address. In such circumstances will these communities belong or not belong ?

In the panel were Aakar Patel,columnist on the bureaucratic limits of citizenship processes, Malini Bhattacharjee, Professor, Azim Premji University, Nagma Shaikh, Karnataka Muslim Mahila Andolan, Ramachandra Guha Historian, Ravi Varma Kumar, Lawyer and Professor, NLSUI, Teresa Braggs, communication student and Vijeta Kumar Professor at St.Joseph College.

The women journalists participated in different learning workshops on “ Getting Ready for Global Media Monitoring Project 2020” facilitated by Ammu Joseph and Padmaja Shaw; “Media Entrepreneurship: How to Start and Sustain it” facilitated by Meera K, Sandhya Mendonca, Dhanya Rajendran and Aparna Vedpuri Singh; “Digital Branding and The Newsroom” facilitated by QUINTYPE; “ Regional Language Journalism Through Digital Media: Tips and Tools for Practitioners” facilitated by Rajesh Hanbal and Cynthia Stephen and “ How to Deal with Legalities and Defamation Threats When Writing Something Controversial” facilitated by Sunanda Mehta.

The workshop on media entrepreneurship offered learnings from four women media entrepreneurs Meera (Citizen Matters), Aparna (Women’s Web), Sandhya Mendonca (Raintree Media) and Dhanya Rajendran (The News Minute) who have successful business in media. The workshop highlighted the need to focus on both journalism aspect as well as the business aspect of the venture.

The conference brought together "women" journalists as media person and as women experiencing different socio-political circumstances within India to share their journey, strengths and aspirations and resulting in the birth of a unique sisterhood. A sisterhood that strengthens every woman that it touches. 

The national conference was organised by the Bengaluru chapter of Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI). Read more about the organization and its work on the website http://www.nwmindia.org/

This story was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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Hello, Sister Urmila,

I love looking at this photo of brave women coming together! Women in the media are women with powerful voices! Indeed, this brings so much hope. I think Meera K and Aparna Singh are in World Pulse, too.

Thank you for sharing this with us, dear! Have a lovely day!

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear sister Karen,
A media person can influence hundreds of thousands of people through what they write, say and show on TV and their sensitization to issues can be very effective in bringing about positive change in the society. Thanks for reading sister.
Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam

That is true, dear Urmila. Seeing all these amazing women in one photo truly gives me hope for women in India. I always look forward to reading your posts, dear. I couldn't keep up on Facebook, but it's easier for me to read here. You're welcome!

Love and hugs!

ARREY- ECHI
Feb 11
Feb 11

Dear Sister Urmi,
Thank you for sharing this highlight with us. The media is a powerful tool and voice in today's world, influencing decisions and behaviour. It is a moment of hope indeed to see that women's voices are being felt in important places and of course, the ever growing sisterhood and solidarity amongst women.
Wish you a beautiful day.
With love,

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Arrey-Echi,
What a profound learning experience it was at different learnings. I heard a session of how a woman journalist travelled during curfew and breakdown in law and order, the practical steps she took to communicate to her sources and collagues and how she did those stories and got published. Such kind of forums are life changing for those who share their story and those who listen. I am glad I could share some of it with all my sisters on World Pulse.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam

Tarke Edith
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi Umila
Thank you for letting us know some of the things women jornalise in India are able to on behalf of you country.
Indeed dear women must move forward no matter the ouths.

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Tarke Edith,
Women journalists are coming together as women and as journalists and this unity and sense of purpose will lead to positive change in how issues are being reported and negotiated with the government and authorities to take action. We are marching ahead and together.
Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam

Anita Shrestha
Feb 12
Feb 12

Wow Urmila
Nice programme with attractive photos

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Anita,
Indeed, it was a great conference and a great learning experience.
Love and wishes
Urmila Chanam

Felicitas Wung
Feb 12
Feb 12

Forward ever backward never.

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

I love that motto sister!

Tatenda Rukarwa
Feb 12
Feb 12

Hello Sister..

Wonderful work you are doing..Media should be a mediator for society I agree and let's keep on equipping women on media use. Lets prioritize mediation at all levels.

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Tatenda,
You are right that its important to make women well versed in media use and that can be her power to express herself, seek for support and link to opportunities. Media women are confident, clear about what their needs are and how to get there.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam

Jill Langhus
Feb 12
Feb 12

Wow, this is great, Urmila! Thanks so much for sharing:-)

Hope you're doing well, and having a great week!

XX

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear sister,
If we can share our daily activities of relevance and important programs or learnings on World Pulse, I am sure that will be of great interest and utility to many sisters here. My biggest take away from this conference was how many women from different regions, religions, linguistic groups are coming forward to be media person. I am doing good by the grace of god and thank you for reading.
Much love always,
Urmila Chanam

Jill Langhus
Feb 14
Feb 14

Yes, that's true:-)

That's awesome news!!

Great to hear:-) You're welcome!

Hope you have a great weekend!

XX

Beth Lacey
Feb 12
Feb 12

Urmila, I am very happy you were able to attend this conference.

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Beth,
For a change I was the audience and realized, I love it as much. Besides, such conferences of media personnel and that too for women are very rare and great learning experiences.
How are you sister?
Love and hugs from India
Urmila Chanam

lizzymark
Feb 13
Feb 13

Congrats on the success and conclusion of the conference. Hope this opens up more doors of involvement of women and the climate situation addressed soon. Hope you are fine.

Urmila Chanam
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Lizzymark,
Gender, climate change and disasters and how media can be the mediator was one of the core discussions in the 3-day conference. I am doing good by the grace of God sister and I wish you well.
Love,
Urmila Chanam

lizzymark
Feb 15
Feb 15

Happy you are good and your sister too.More grace to do more.

ANNITA
Feb 13
Feb 13

Hello Sister Chanam. What an educative write up. Thanks for sharing. The media is actually the voice of the voiceless. It's a powerful tool for people to express their vulnerability. Am impressed to see powerful women putting up their voices on issues of digital branding, how to deal with legalities and defamation and also giving out knowledge about Media entrepreneurship. How inspiring.
Keep up.