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Reporting Women: Reuters Training Course with Mariane Pearl

In May 2013, I had the pleasure of participating in a Thomson Reuters journalist training course on reporting on women’s issues. Held in London, it was led by Mariane Pearl, the editor of the new online platform for promoting women’s rights around the globe, Chime for Change. Mariane is also a world-renowned journalist and the author of A Mighty Heart.

The week-long course was incredible. I got to meet brave and inspiring journalists from around the globe, including from Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Swaziland, Italy, China, Kashmir, Sri Lanka and China. I was so excited to network with so many reporters dedicated to giving women a voice in the public sphere, just like me! Together we learned how to make our reporting more compelling, substantive and free of the cliches and stereotypes that are often rife in reports about gender issues. We analyzed how mainstream reporting on women could be (much) better, particularly when it comes to rape and domestic violence incidents. And to top it off, we mingled with key women’s rights leaders from Europe and the Middle East, including Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism Project, Jacqui Hunt of Equality Now, and Muna Abusulayman, the popular Saudi media personality. As a special treat, we even got free tickets to the Chime for Change epic concert in London, which featured Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and a ton of other feminist actors and musicians.

I am committed more than ever to reporting on women’s rights and gender issues, and I am currently working on a piece for Chime for Change. I’ll keep you all posted. For now, check out these pictures from the course.

MarianePearl

Receiving my training course diploma from Mariane Pearl.

Group work and discussions

Group work and discussions

Multimedia training

Multimedia training

At a women's rights press conference

At a women’s rights press conference

Me with Elena Falco from Italy

Me with Elena Falco from Italy

Me with Hussein Mohamed from Egypt

Me with Hussein Mohamed from Egypt

Goodbye Drinks!

Goodbye Drinks in Canary Wharf!

All photos by Evelyn Mancilla. The below group shot was taken by Reuters Senior Photojournalist Dylan Martinez:

Back Row (left to right): Hussein Mohamed from Egypt, Rafael Spuldar from Brazil, Savior Kakama from Swaziland, Jacob Safari from Kenya, Me (USA/Qatar), Athar Parvaiz Bhat from Kashmir and Evelyn Mancilla from Guatemala. Front Row (left to right): Jun Luo from China, Carolina Balderrama from Argentina, Elena Falco from Italy and Usha Perera from Sri Lanka.

Back Row (left to right): Hussein Mohamed from Egypt, Rafael Spuldar from Brazil, Savior Kakama from Swaziland, Jacob Safari from Kenya, Me (USA/Qatar), Athar Parvaiz Bhat from Kashmir and Evelyn Mancilla from Guatemala. Front Row (left to right): Jun Luo from China, Carolina Balderrama from Argentina, Elena Falco from Italy and Usha Perera from Sri Lanka.

 

Featured image: Me in a promo for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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