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 Q&A on Women in Myanmar media

Q&A on Women in Myanmar media

8 March is International Women’s Day and we are taking the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the challenges and opportunities faced by IMS-Fojo’s partners and colleagues within the Myanmar media sector. Here is what they had to say.

“A programme that has totally changed the way I view my career”

Kin Omar Makaran 1 nyKin Omar MakaranThe very first leadership programme for Somali women journalists was launched this week in Nairobi, Kenya. The eleven Women in News Somali participants were thrilled after creating a career roadmap, networking with colleagues from the Somali regions and Kenya, and taking part in management and leadership training to advance their careers.

“It is a programme that has totally changed the way that I view my career, as I have a roadmap now. I have benefitted a lot form the WIN programme which will form the foundation for the development of my career”, said Kin Omar Makaran, Head of News at the Somali Cable TV.

Comprehensive support to strengthen Somalia’s media

Somalia's hard-pressed journalists are set to receive a significant boost with comprehensive support from Fojo Media Institute and Danish based International Media Support (IMS), a long-time partner of Fojo. 
The programme is budgeted at 75 MSEK of which the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is contributing with 49 MSEK.

Elections in Somalia bring new challenges for media workers

SO Election pix1 photo UNA woman dressed in the colours of the Somali flag. Photo: United NationsJournalists in Somalia are in full swing producing election-related news as the country prepares to vote for new leaders. However, covering elections also brings about a set of new challenges for Somalia’s media workers.

Fair elections are key to any peaceful and democratic development. And media in Somalia have a responsibility to advance and support a democratic development ensuring that even the most powerful are subject to critical coverage during times of election.

First Online radio training for ethnic media in Myanmar

MM Petra and Letyar IMSFojo nyRadio trainer Ko Sai Muang with Petra Quiding and Letyar Tun, Fojo/IMS. Photo IMS/Fojo– Online radio supports the development of democracy, says trainer Ko Sai Muang. He just finished the first half day of Online Radio Training in Taunggyi, Shan State organised by BNI.
– Its cheaper than FM broadcasting, its a platform everyone with internet or a smartphone in the community can use and we can broadcast independent information.

The training is the first Online radio training held for ethnic language journalists, all of their media houses members of BNI, a partner to Fojo/IMS. The idea is to slow start online radio shows, while waiting for the new broadcasting law to come into full effect.
– With online radio we at Shan Herald for example can provide broadcast time for human rights organisations like SWAN (Shan Women´s Action Network ) that contributes to the empowering of women.

Fojo and IMS in Myanmar has come to Facebook

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The partnership between Fojo and IMS (International Media Support) in Myanmar has come to Facebook. Here you find the new page!
- Thanks to Swedish support, we are able to work with our partners here in Myanmar to develop an independent and professional media that supports the ongoing democratic reform process, is written in the first post.

The program in Myanmar will focus on media-related law and policy-making; professionalization of journalists and strengthening ethical standards; community media and access to information. You can read more about it here.

Fojo and IMS kick-off new three year-programme in Myanmar

MM Newspaper salesman Yangon 1Newspaper salesmen on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Helle Wahlberg, IMSWith a grant from the Swedish Government the two organisations will continue their long-term engagement with Myanmar’s media, policy makers and institutions towards the development of a professional, independent and accountable media in Myanmar.
The programme which runs from April 2016 – April 2019 will focus on
i.) support to media-related law and policy-making; 
ii) professionalization of journalists and strengthening ethical standards; as well as 
iii) community media and access to information.
“Our priority over the next three years will be to support our strong local partners in their efforts to develop independent and accountable media as a driver of positive social and political change.” says Johan Romare, International Director at Fojo Media Institute.

Fojo och IMS lanserar nytt 3-årigt projekt i Myanmar

MM Newspaper salesman Yangon 1Newspaper salesmen on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Helle Wahlberg, IMSBättre medielagstiftning, en helt ny journalistutbildning och ökat oberoende för landets journalister. Det är några av resultaten av Fojos och International Media Support (IMS) arbete i Myanmar de senaste åren. Nu fortsätter mediestödet i ytterligare tre år med finansiering från Sida.

Det förnyade svenska stödet på 22 miljoner kronor gör det möjligt för Fojo och IMS att fortsätta det långsiktiga arbetet att utveckla en självständig, professionell media i nära samarbete med partners från mediebranschen, civilsamhället, regeringen och andra internationella medieutvecklingsorganisationer.

Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape

Myanmar Gender report picRead the report here.In the first study of its kind conducted in Myanmar, the report 'Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape' conducted by Fojo Media Institute with IMS' support, looks to assess the current status of gender equity in the country's media sector. The findings shed light on the relative position of women in the country's fledgling media scene.

While the Myanmar media sector continues its rapid development following the begining of a democratic reform process in 2011, gender equity in the media sector has not been examined closely or addressed until now. Although female media practitioners are well-represented in newsrooms making up for over 50% of staff on average, media institutions remain male dominated on levels of decision making. This results in two main challenges for women within the industry: a lack of opportunity to advance their careers and an absence of institutional mechanisms supportive of female media workers.

Based on UNESCO's model curriculum for journalism education, the study was undertaken acknowledging media's essential role in the promotion of equity in the Myanmar society. To change the existing gender roles, the media itself must mirror gender equity within the media institutions, both in policy and practice. A professional media that respects gender equity, promotes liberal values and a plural society can positively contribute to a country in transition like Myanmar and help shape its future.

The study "Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape" was conducted with the support of IMS and the Swedish International Development Agency Cooperation.


Fojo has been active in Myanmar since 2011, supporting exiled media. In 2012 Fojo started working with a number of Myanmar partners, engaged in establishing entry-level and mid-career training for journalists. In cooperation with local partners Fojo is offering training according to local needs, such as basic skills, news room management, training of trainers and more.

Furthermore, Fojo supports the newly founded Myanmar Journalism Institute (MJI), the country's first national, independent journalism school. The MJI has been established in close collaboration with the Myanmar media industry and a number of international media development partners (Fojo, IMS, CFI and DWA).

MJI started offering a part-time diploma for working journalists in 2014. Full-time diploma courses and further training for working journalists were introduced during 2015. Fojo is also supporting MJI in developing curricula, training of trainers, and by providing funding for training courses and equipment.

Fojo's work in Myanmar has a strong focus on gender. As part of Fojo's cooperation with MJI, a first study to highlight the role of women within the Myanmar media industry has been conducted. The study has been well received among local media professionals and will be followed by gender-sensitizing training of media organizations and trainers/lecturers.
A pilot project to support women's organizations to start up community radio stations has also been initiated.

Working with International Media Support and with financial contributions from the Government of Sweden, Fojo’s work in Myanmar will continue until 2019.
The two organisations will continue their long-term engagement with Myanmar’s media, policy makers and institutions towards the development of a professional, independent and accountable media in Myanmar.
The programme which runs from April 2016 – April 2019 will focus on
i.) support to media-related law and policy-making;
ii) professionalization of journalists and strengthening ethical standards; as well as
iii) community media and access to information.

In addition, Fojo is working with the Myanmar Journalism Institute which is a partner in a three year project to strengthen a network of journalism training institutes in Southeast Asia.

Myanmar Journalism Association 
Myanmar Journalism Network 

New media strategy sparks new hope in Somalia

Radio Shabelle presenter Photo Tobin JonesA presenter at Radio Shabelle reads the news. Photo: AU-UN ist/Tobin JonesFojo Media Institute has in a joint venture with IMS supported in the initial steps towards establishing a national strategic plan for media in Somalia. The strategy will not only contain guidelines for Somali media but also be a guiding document for new international media development organizations that enter Somalia.

-Somali media feel that chances and opportunities are getting better. Things are moving faster than I´ve seen it do ever before, say Somalia programme Coordinator of Fojo/IMS Abukar Albadri, who has been working in Somalia as a journalist for 15 years.

Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape

New study on women’s roles in Myanmar media

Fojo staff in Yangon recently presented the first gender study of its kind ever conducted in Myanmar. As it raised awareness of the role of women in the media industry, the results were well received among local journalists and media professionals. Find the whole study below.

–Almost eighty per cent of our respondents agreed that re-entry after childbirth was difficult for women journalist, said Dilrukshi Handunnetti, researcher and writer of the study in a roundtable of the unique event, bringing up one of the findings in the research.

Ny Facebook-sida för Fojo och IMS projekt i Myanmar

MM IMSFojo FB pageNu finns det en Facebook-sida för dig som vill följa Fojo och IMS (International Media Support) projekt i Myanmar. Sidan hittar du här.
Projektet är treårigt och fokuserar framför allt på tre områden:
• Fortsatt reformering av landets medielagar
• Högre journalistisk kvalitet
• Ökad mångfald i medierna och en satsning på medier utanför huvudstaden Yangon
Du kan läsa mer om projektet här.

Somalia: More female editors not enough

SO Somali Team jan 2017A group of 12 smiling women pose for the photographer, clutching a white certificate in hand.
The women are all journalists from Somalia and the smiles can be attributed to the fact that have just completed a leadership programme called ‘Women in News’ (WIN) and now have the paper to prove it too.
Behind them is a series of trainings and discussions aiming at empowering their professional journalistic skills and sharpen their leadership competencies.
Ahead of them is the exciting task of finding their own individual ways to incorporate all the newfound knowledge into their media careers.

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