UNESCO Workshop on Gender Sensitivity in Media of Maldives concludes with Minister Aishath in the chair

November 1, 2021: A week-long Training of Trainers (ToT) program on ‘Strengthening a Gender Sensitive Media Environment in Maldives’ concluded this weekend. The online workshop was conducted by Delhi Metropolitan Education (DME), Noida in collaboration with Addu Women’s Association (AWA), Maldives under the aegis of IPDC- UNESCO for the journalists of Maldives. The workshop was aimed at fostering gender sensitivity and propose a policy intervention to make media more gender sensitive.

As chief Guest of the valedictory function, Ms Aishath Mohamed Didi, Minister for Gender Family and Social Services in Maldives highlighted the importance of gender equality in media sector “All suggestions made by the Resource Persons for policy intervention are well received. We will try and support more such workshop to develop the Media Education and Media Sensitivity in the country”. She further congratulated DME and AWA for conducting this exhaustive workshop in a seamless manner.

This Training of Trainers’ (ToT) program was conceived and developed by Media and Communication Experts of India for journalist trainers of Maldives. The participants were the trainers who had years of experience of working in the media industry with capability of conducting training of fellow journalists. The participants were Ms Minha Faiz Rashaad, Chairperson, One Media Group, Shimla Ahmed, Founder of AO News and President of Southern Community Empowerment Association of Maldives (SCEAM), Ms Shaufa Hussain, Public Relations Expert, Maldives and Mr Moosa Rayyan Shahid, Treasurer at West Australian Maldivian Association.

Also present on the occasion were Dr Mariyam Shakeela, Founder of Addu Women’s Association (AWA) who has worked in diverse fields including business, teaching, prior to joining politics as a cabinet minister in the government of Maldives. As a politician she has worked in the Ministries of Environment and Energy, Gender, Human Rights, and Health.

The lead faculty of the workshop were Prof. Jethwaney, Senior ICSSR Research Fellow and Former Professor Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Prof. Ambrish Saxena, Dean DME Media School and Director International Relations, Delhi Metropolitan Education.

The resource persons for the ToT workshop were Prof. Maithili Ganjoo, Dean and Professor at the Faculty of Media Studies and Humanities at Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad, Dr Gauri Chakraborty, Professor at Times School of Media, Bennett University, Prof. Susmita Bala, Head, DME Media School, Dr Krishna Pandey, Assistant Professor, DME Media School, Ms Mitali Mohanty, Assistant Professor, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies and Dr Manasvi Maheshwari, Associate Professor, DME Media School.