Gender Watch Programme

Period: June 1998 – December 2003
Funded by: DIAKONIA

Aims of the project were to raise awareness level of local
journalists on gender equality and create female journalists
in the country. To achieve the goal News Network implemented
different activities like organising training workshop
in different district headquarters, writing articles and
introducing six-month fellowship programme for female
graduates on journalism. It may be mentioned that
percentage of female journalists in Bangladesh was less than 5 percent at that time. About 40 female graduates were trained. Most of these women took journalism as their profession and got jobs in important media houses. This created a huge impact in the field of journalism. During the project period about 350 journalists got better understanding and learned how to file good reports on gender issues.