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Promoting Gender Equality and Pluralism in Nepali Media


Jagaran Media Center (JMC) and Human Rights Journalists Association (HURJA) in association with UNESCO/IPDC project implemented the project entitled "Promoting Gender Equality and Social Diversity in Nepali Media" for the period of five and half months.  The project was held from the 16th June 2014 with the purpose and goal of promoting gender sensitivity and pluralism in Nepali media by building the capacity of journalists with a particular emphasis on gender perspective and sensitization of the media to the gender perspective. The project was guided by the following objective; building the capacity of journalists to promote pluralism in Nepali media; sensitizing editors on the issue of pluralism; to contribute to creating a media environment that is free, fair, balanced and objective complying with pluralistic norms and principles. In order to measure the specified project objectives; concrete initiative was taken through regular consultation with experts and UNESCO/IPDC Project.  JMC and HURJA developed the project implementation modality for creating a higher level of coordination between implementing partners and others stakeholders including FNJ and other media based organizations both at the central and district level. The responsibility for the coordination at the district level event was given to FNJ district chapter of each the respective districts which helped to ensure balanced participation of journalists working in the districts. In order to enhance the training sessions and provide a comprehensive resource on social diversity and gender equality in the media, a training manual entitled "Social Diversity and Gender Equality in Media" was prepared by the two experts in the field, Manju Thapa and Subechhya Bindu Tuladhar.  Five district level training workshops were conducted which were facilitated by the authors of the training manual.  This significantly enhanced the understanding of the participants and encourages their engagement in the workshops.  Two day long training sessions were held and then followed by meetings with editors and media managers at the district level.  The purpose of the meetings with the editors and media managers was to discuss the various issues and challenges that result in lack of pluralism in the media. Finally, there was a meeting with editors and media managers in Kathmandu that was organized for the purpose of promoting pluralism and gender sensitivity at the national level.  The district level programs were held on 2/3September, 25/26 September, 9/10 September, 17/18 Sunsari and Kapilvastu respectively and finally central level program was held in Kathmandu on 28th October, 2014. The delivery of this project remained highly successful for enhancing the knowledge, skills and capacity of working journalists at the district level on social diversity and gender equality in their reporting. The project also resulted in the sensitization of media managers and editors on the issue of creating a media environment that is free, fair, balanced, objective and in compliance with pluralistic norms and principles. Moreover, the delivery of this project remained significant to measure the following achievements which include; a resource material on social diversity and gender equality has been published, 100 working journalists developed their skill for the promotion of social diversity and gender equality through media, significant but hidden social issues were explored and published through fellowship scheme, 10 working journalists received practical skills for developing investigative reports on social diversity and gender equality and the discourse of social diversity and gender equality in Nepali media has been intensified from central level to district level