Norwegian Embassy and WAN-IFRA jointly holds 2nd Annual Women in News Summit in Yangon

Aye Moh Moh Aung Thu
Women medial professionals have a discussion about difficulties and challenges women journalists facing at 2nd Annual Women in News Summit held in Yangon on February 8.

The embassy of Norway to Myanmar in collaboration with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) held the 2nd Annual Women in News Summit at Sule Shangri-la in Yangon Region on February 8.

Melanie Walker, Director of Media Development from WAN-IFRA and Norwegian Ambassador Tone Tinnes separately made speeches on the occasion.  Women media professionals and media award winners from South East Asian countries also participated in the discussions.

The Women in News South East Asia 2018 Summit celebrated women leaders who are redefining the media industry and address the major opportunities and challenges to increase women leadership and voices in new media industry. The one-day summit featured keynotes and roundtable for a high-octane discussion on powerful leadership and safety of women in the news.  

Journalists from home and abroad gathered at the summit. The women leaders present at the summit focused on topics—Reshaping Media Leadership, New Media Models and Management Risk, Pushing Boundaries in Investigative Reporting, and Innovating from Within in the Session-1.

“We have some difficulties in covering political news at a time when we are facing political and democratic changes. Currently we are facing a difficult right to get news. Our news must be right with the facts and information. If we don’t have right news or stories, it will be difficult for us to give the news to the people. It is our big challenge,” reporter Ei Ei Toe Lwin from The Myanmar Time English Newspaper said.  

The round table discussions concentrated on Increasing Women’s Leadership and voices in the Newsroom and Taking Action on Women’s Safety in Journalism in the Session-2. The Session-3 contains Presentation and Finalization of Recommendations.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization made up of 76 national newspaper associations, 12 news agencies, 10 regional press organisations, and many individual newspaper executives in 100 countries. The association was founded in 1948, and, as of 2011, represented more than 18,000 publications globally.

Translated by Win Htut