White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan (WRCP) organized its 2nd National Conference on Gender & Media at the eve of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013 in Islamabad. The event was aimed at “Engaging media in the campaign of ending violence against women”.
During the 1st conference, the WRCP launched its Code Of Ethics for media to promote Gender-Sensitive Reporting along with announcing Media Awards. Media personnel from all over the country sent their entries in the awards competition.
During the 2nd conference, the WRCP presented media awards to almost 27 journalists followed by certificates to some others in recognition of their services for the campaign of women’s rights and efforts to implement Code Of Ethics.
The conference was attended by dignitaries from media, social sector, academia, diplomatic circles and representatives of various government organizations.
His Excellency, Mr. Ole Emil Moesby, the Danish Ambassador, was the Chief Guest with the other speakers and guests including Ms. Friba Thomson, the wife of British High Commissioner, Ms, Britta Peterson, the Country Director HBS, Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, the European Union Ambassador and his wife.
The guest speakers from media included Mr. Talat Hussain, anchor Express News, Mr. Mohammad Malik, anchor Dunya News, Mr. Fahad Hussain, Ms. Quatrina Hussain, Ms. Meher Bukhari, Dawn News, Mr. Faisal Rehman, PTV News, Mr. Syed Faizan, CEO Health TV, Ms. Bina Qayum, Ms. Munizee Jehangir, Mr. Saleem Safi and many other renowned journalists from print and electronic media.
Mr. Omer Aftab, the CEO White Ribbon Campaign, reiterated to continue the good tradition of media awards for the encouragement of journalists to vent their words for women rights and gender issues.