My Sky, My Wings
A panel discussion on 'How To Survive As A Woman In Today's Media Industry'
Organised by AIDWA and Tamil Nadu Women Journalists Association
Date: 14 October 2018
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: TJ Memorial Hall, Singakannachetty Street, Chintadripet, Chennai
Speakers who have confirmed so far
Threats due to exposes on corruption in the Municipal Administration Department - Komal, Times of India
Threats due to exposes on illegal beach sand mining - Sandhya Ravishankar, Independent Journalist
Harassment due to questioning the Governor on the Professor Nirmala Devi case - Lakshmi Subramanian, The Week
Threats due to writing and speaking up about the caste killing of Dalit youth Ilavarasan - Kavin Malar, Journalist
Threats due to writing in support of rejection of 'thaali' - Kavitha Muralidharan, Senior Journalist
When journalists speak truth to power, the result is rage. When the journalist is a woman, the attacks are on her character, her body and often violent in nature.
Those in power, politicians, the police, the corrupt, the rich and mighty are increasingly targeting women journalists as they go about their work.
1. Every media organisation must set up a fully functional and proactive Internal Complaints Committee as per the Vishakha guidelines, with immediate effect.
2. Tamil Nadu police to create a separate wing or a particular senior woman police officer to handle complaints related to threats and harassment of women while doing their duty.
3. Tamil Nadu police to take immediate action on the complaints filed thus far by women journalists who have complained of threats, intimidation and harassment.
4. Equal pay for equal work, job security, equality in promotions to be implemented with gender sensitivity by media organisations.