First Comprehensive Global Report on Status of Women to be Unveiled at International Conference

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An extraordinary gathering of top women media executives from around the world will tackle tough gender issues still confronting news organizations at an international conference in Washington, D.C., March 22-25, 2011. At the same time, a path-breaking global report on the status of women will be unveiled, examining research data from 500 broadcast and print companies in 60 countries. The International Women’s Media Foundation commissioned the two-year study – the first comprehensive look at challenges facing women in the news media.

An extraordinary gathering of top women media executives from around the world will tackle tough gender issues still confronting news organizations at an international conference in Washington, D.C., March 22-25, 2011.

At the same time, a path-breaking global report on the status of women will be unveiled, examining research data from 500 broadcast and print companies in 60 countries. The International Women’s Media Foundation commissioned the two-year study – the first comprehensive look at challenges facing women in the news media.

The IWMF and George Washington University’s Global Media Institute are partnering on the International Women News Leaders Conference. Nearly 80 women news executives – with the power to create change – will develop a platform for action to achieve gender equity in newsrooms. The IWMF will track progress in countries when delegates return home.

“The power to transform journalism around the world rests in the hands of many of the women news executives at this extraordinary conference,” IWMF board co-chairs Barbara Cochran and Ted Boutrous said. “We are honored to have them with us in Washington to set an agenda for change in newsrooms everywhere.”

Events are open to the working press for news coverage. Interviews with delegates can be arranged.

Among the conference highlights:

     ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer will be interviewed by veteran broadcaster Marvin Kalb for The Kalb Report series at the National Press Club on Tuesday, March 22, at 8 p.m.

    “The Global Report on Women in the News Media” will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 23, at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium at 9 a.m. IWMF board co-chair Cochran will welcome the delegates. Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour will lay out the purpose of the conference. Then Katty Kay of BBC World News America will provide an overview of the global report before a panel discussion. Open to working press.

--    Conference delegates on Wednesday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m. will hear from global report author Dr. Carolyn M. Byerly and exemplary media companies in their regions: Canada’s CBC General Manager and Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire, Uganda’s The New Vision Editor-In-Chief Barbara Kaija, Peru’s Silvia Miró Quesada of Empresa Editora El Commercio S.A and Germany’s Taz, Die Tageszeitung Managing Editor Ines Pohl and Norway’s Verdens Gang Managing Editor Kjersti Sortland.

--    Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will deliver a keynote luncheon speech to the delegates at 2 p.m. March 23 at GW’s City View Room. IWMF Board member Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post will interview winners of IWMF grants for digital news media projects. He will then introduce Sabrina Crow, senior vice president of Nielsen Business Media, who will talk about Nielsen’s new research on women’s use of new media, at 7:30 p.m. in GW’s City View Room. Open to working press.

--    On Thursday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. in the Newseum a special panel moderated by Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour will focus on the relevance of media and the influence of social media on global causes. Featured on the panel will be Bloomberg News Editor- in-Chief Matt Winkler, noted philanthropist Howard G. Buffett and Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen. Open to working press.

--    Tom Rosenstiel, director the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, and Frank Sesno, director of GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, will moderate a panel of media experts at GW’s Marvin Center on March 24 at 1 p.m. to discuss the findings of PEJ’s “State of the News Media 2011” report examining the state of the media in the United States and global implications at the GW’s Marvin Center on March 24 at 1 p.m.

Working press interested in covering public events should register here.
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MEDIA CONTACT: IWMF’s Jane Podesta – (202) 567-2602, jpodesta(at)iwmf(dot)org

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