A WCD report on ‘Status of Women in Media in South Asia’ highlights gender gap and inequity that exists in newsrooms across the region. In view of it, Union Women and Child Development and Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani emphasized that investing in women is not just a social expenditure but an investment in the economy.
Irani was speaking on the eve of International Women’s Day celebration at an event in New Delhi on Saturday. At the event, organised by the Press Information Bureau and the Indian Institute of Mass Communications, the minister released a report prepared by IIMC on the ‘Status of Women in Media in South Asia’.
The WCD minister urged that the report be shared 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 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. The report sponsored by the UNESCO 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 the nine countries of South Asia and has been brought out in two volumes, the ministry said in a release.
The event was attended by PIB Principal Director General, 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.