New Delhi: Investing in women is not just a social expenditure but it is an investment in the economy. These words were said by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, on Saturday, as she released a report on the ‘Status of Women in Media in South Asia’.
On the eve of Women’s Day celebrated the world over on 8 March, the WCD Minister addressed the audience at an event organised by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Congratulating the IIMC for bringing out the report, Irani urged the sharing of it with the heads and owners of media houses in order to bring to their notice the gender gap and inequity that exists in newsrooms.
Irani said that the Ministry of WCD will be happy to collaborate with the IIMC to conduct a study on the impact of evolving technology on women in media. She stated that research needs to be done on women in regional media and the support ecosystem required by them during their job in the field.
Prof Veena Sikri, Founding Trustee and Convenor of South Asia Women’s Network highlighted the findings of the report. Sponsored by UNESCO, the report has been researched jointly by the South Asia Women’s Network (SWAN) and the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development. The working conditions of women in media was studied in nine countries of South Asia and has been brought out in two volumes.
The event was attended by Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau, New Delhi, Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia, Principal Director General of News Services Division, All India Radio, Ira Joshi, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Atul Kumar Tiwari, senior officials of different media units of the Ministry of I&B, retired media heads of the I&B Ministry and journalists.
Read the full report: The Status of Women in Media in South Asia, March 2020
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