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In this issue of MediaDev Insider, we focus on the topic of women in media. Many of the highlights are from our members who are part of GFMD's Women in Media working group. Since it was established  earlier this year, the group has met five times to discuss campaigns and projects, coordinate action, and share resources and expertise. Membership in GFMD's working groups is open to any of our organisational members, and we encourage you to contact us if you are interested in joining.

Showcasing the Gender and Diversity Work of Our Members

The members of GFMD’s Women in Media working group have joined forces to organise an event on the sidelines of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in March 2019. This is just one outcome of the regular exchange of GFMD members who connect, share knowledge and experiences, and develop joint activities with the facilitation of the GFMD secretariat.
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GFMD Resource Centre Features Women and Diversity Section

When we relaunched our new website in August, one of the new, key features we were (and still are) the most excited about was a dedicated Resource Centre, which unites similar resources under a theme related to our working groups and projects. The Gender and Diversity page of our Resource Centre collects research, reports, and other publications, along with fellowships, grants, and member initiatives to keep you informed. Please send us your resources and updates so we can add them to the page!
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Contribute Now: IGF Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender and Access 

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender and Access is currently studying the potential impact of initiatives that support/develop alternative models of connectivity that directly or indirectly respond to the needs of underserved populations of women and gender non-conforming individuals. It is important that the voice of media development organisations be heard. Submit your contribution here.
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[Fellowship] Women’s Fund Asia's Leading from the South programme – 15 November

[Award] Finnish Government’s International Gender Equality Prize 2019 – 31 December

[Resource] IWMF Emergency Fund for women journalists – Ongoing
[Resource] The Feminist Principles of the Internet (APC)

[Report] A toolkit for researching women’s Internet access and use (GSMA)

[Report] The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women (vpnMentor)
IWMF Releases Report on Violence Against Women in Media

With the murder of Viktoria Marinova (Bulgaria) in October and the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia (Malta) last year, the safety of female journalists has never been more important. The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is at the forefront of protecting and empowering women journalists, and their report "Violence and harassment against women in the news media: A global picture" is an important part of monitoring developments and helping women stay safe.

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Fondation Hirondelle Working to Empower Women Across Africa
At the core of Fondation Hirondelle's work is using media to reduce obstacles that may prevent women’s voices from being heard while also empowering young female journalists. Such is the case in Niger and Mali where they launched a new radio program from Studio Kalangou in Niger to fight child marriage, and helped support Studio Tamani to produce a motion design video on girls’ access to education in Mali.
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WAN-IFRA Report Fights Harassment in Media Workplaces

The #MeToo movement may have taken off after high-profile media cases broke in 2017, but sexual harassment of women in media companies continues to persist. Earlier this year, the WAN-IFRA released a report titled "Sexual harassment in the media: A practical guide for employers and employees" that addresses multiple issues and perspectives related to sexual harassment in newspaper and other media workplaces.

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MDI: Fighting Back Against the Trolls

Regulation and policy are far from a panacea for reigning in Internet trolls. When the trolls are high-level public officials degrading certain individuals in The Telegraph, though, pushback should be expected. This is exactly what the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), the leading partner in the Get the Trolls Out project, has done to uphold media ethics in the U.K., and challenge the former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson. Read more about their advocacy here.

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Culture Shift Enabled by Women's Authoritative Voices

The Internews-led intiative United for News is working to increase the extent to which newsrooms around the world source female experts. By amplifying women’s authoritative voice, United for News seeks to break down gender stereotypes, empower women and girls, and foster greater socio-economic inclusion. United for News will build on work being piloted at Bloomberg LP, through their New Voices initiative.
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FPU Highlights Media and Gender Issues in South Asia

Over the summer, Free Press Unlimited (FPU) shared stories of their work on media and gender in South Asia, specifically in Nepal and Pakistan. They interviewed Nanu, a young woman from Nepal who leads Gender Media Monitoring – an FPU-supported project – as well as profiled how a radio station in the most rural and conservative area of Pakistan hired Sobia Khan, a transgender woman, as their new radio host.
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