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