The International Association for Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) recently held a media forum entitled: “Women Journalists Fight Back” last November 6, 2019, at the Conference Room of Robbinsdale Residences, Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.
Said forum was held in observance of the International Day of Violence Against Women on November 25 and just in time for the launch of IAWRT’s global office in the Philippines.
During the morning session, a self-defense training for women and students in communication and media was conducted by the International Krav Maga Foundation, Philippines.
The afternoon media forum was graced by Violet Gonda (UK/Zimbabwe) president who discussed the working conditions of women journalists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, and the Philippines among others.
Nonee Walsh (Australia) web journalist spoke about online harassment of women journalists in Australia and how women and their trade unions are facing up to it.
Inday Espina-Varona and Ronalyn Olea both gave insights on trumped-up charges, red-tagging, cyber-attacks, and arrests of women journalists in the Philippines.
Special guests were Alastair Totty, Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy in Manila, Kristine Borja, Human Rights Officer of the British Embassy in Manila and Quentin Biehler, Political Counselor of the French Embassy.
Audiences were IAWRT Philippines members, women in communication and journalism students from universities, invited guests from mainstream and alternative media and women advocates.
IAWRT is a long-standing organization of professional women journalists since 1951, with 14 chapters worldwide and members coming from 54 countries. It has a strong and active chapter in the Philippines, the reason why a physical office was set-up.