Annual meet of Network of Women in Media, India begins

IMPHAL, March 6 – With the active participation of around 60 women journalists from different parts of the country, a three-day annual meet of the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) was formally opened at the historic Kangla Fort in Imphal from today. The NWMI, Manipur chapter, is one of 16 local centres of the NWMI, India.

Today’s formal opening session held under the aegis of NWMI, Manipur chapter was attended by Chairperson of the Manipur State Women Commission Dr Chongtham Jamini as the chief guest while Irengbam Arun,Editor of Ereibak daily and Mrs Valley Rose, Editor, Aja daily were were the president and guest of honour of the opening ceremony respectively. When asked about her comment on the coverage of national media, Mrs Valley Rose said, “if they called it national paper, it should cover nationwide news,” adding “they shouldn’t neglect any region as such- we want a balance news report”.

“Our meet will discuss issues relating to women and media besides focussing on media ethics as well,” feels Th Anjulika Samom,state coordinator of the network. According to the state coordinator, the meet is also expected to run through the state’s culture and history apart from discussing women in conflict. Many participants couldn’t turn up for the meet due to ongoing situation in Manipur.

The presence of so many renowned journalists from all over the country promises to be a historic and inspirational event for the media community in the state, especially for the women journalists of Manipur,felt the coordinator.

Alifiya Khan, Senior Correspondent of Hindustan Times, Mumbai has been awarded Anupama Jayaraman Award for her health issue report in her newspaper during the day-long function.

The other highlights of the remaining days include cultural programme, workshop on media ethics, presentation on conflict situation in Manipur, discussion on gender and status of women in Manipur, sharing by victims of the conflict situation, and interaction with dramatist Padmashree Heisnam Kanhailal and his wife-actress Padmashree H Sabitri. These session would be held at the Retreat House at Mantripukhri near here.