Working Women Journalists (WWJ)
Working Women Journalists (WWJ) is an organization of professional women journalists working in different media in Nepal. It was established in 2006 with the mission of forming a common platform to advocate and lobby for issues related to women journalists as well as women empowerment.
It is governed by 11 executive members. More than 350 women journalists working in daily papers, magazines, radio, television and online are the core membership of the organization. Our main aim is to increase the quantity and quality of women journalists. Similarly, we are also working towards increasing the access of women journalist to decision making level. We believe that it is possible by providing equal opportunity to develop the skills of women journalists. It has 40 District chapters with minimum 7 executive members and other members.
Advocate and lobby for the issues and benefit of women journalists.
Increase the access of women journalists to the decision making level in Media.
Provide learning opportunities to develop and enhance the skills of women journalists.
Lobby for access to equal opportunity for the women journalists.
Encourage women to join the field of journalism.
Organized the first national conference of working Nepali women journalists in Pokhara in 2006. In which more than 300 women journalists participated from different parts of Nepal.
Organized 3 regional conference of working women journalists in Kathmandu, Butwal and Janakpur.
Established network of Nepali working women journalists and 38 districts chapters have been formed till date.
Organized many training programs like basic journalism training, proposal writing, TOT, blogging, photography, feature writing etc. These training helped on leadership development and trainer production.
Conducted workshops on code of ethics, issue identification of WWJ, review of existing laws, policies and directives related to journalism, issues of women editors and publishers etc.
Organized a trip to Kailali and Kanchanpur districts of Far Western Region and Rolpa districts of Mid-Western Region in 2008 to provide learning opportunities through field trips. We also visited Maoist cantonments and other parts of Rolpa to study about post conflicts situation of the country.
Coordinated several advocacy campaigns focusing on the rights of women journalists, participated on different rallies and protest program related to women journalists and women movements.
Conducted a number of interaction programs focusing on the issues of women, their representation in decision making levels of state mechanism and participation of women in the process of constitution drafting.
Organized national media workshops, seminars and consultations to give exposure to women journalists and increase their level of understanding and confidence to advocate on their own issues.
Some women journalists on leadership of WWJ have been able to reach to policy level.
Made the profile of prominent Nepali women leaders from various fields.
Developed our own website.
Conducted fellowship programs with the support of National Information Commission, RECPHEC and Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) etc.
To lobby equal citizenship provision in constitution, with the support of FWLD WWJ organized Sunday Club program in different district at same day, same time.
Met Prime Minister, Minister for Information and Communication, FNJ and other International Non-Government Organization (INGO) to lobby for women journalists
Got recognition from FNJ and state agencies. For example we have been included as a member of high level inclusive media committee
Article writing on the Media write up for Pedestrian Rights, Earthquake and Free Space Issue with the support of Resource Center for Primary Health Care (RECPHEC) Nepal
Conducted Gender Sensitivity Program in radio with the support of Women’s Foundation.
Conducted Strengthening Capacity of Women Journalists working in Community Radio in districts of Nepal i.e. Dadeldhura, Nepalgunj, Dang, Dolakha and Kavre with the support of UNESCO.
WWJ working with other partners
Since its establishment in 2006, we have been working closely with different organizations. The foremost supporter of our organization is Sankalpa which is an inclusive network of 11 different women organizations. With the financial aid from Sankalpa we had organized our first national conference in Pokhara. Besides this we also have done regional conference, workshop on code of ethics and many other seminars.
Toyota Foundation had also helped us to organize different trips, fellowships program and an international conference in Kathmandu. Likewise National Information Commission and CWIN have also helped us for different programs.
McConnell Foundation Program: Since 2010, The McConnell Foundation has started funding Working Women Journalists (WWJ) to organized different training programs, seminars, workshops etc. Working Women Journalists (WWJ) also has started its own website.