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by Mahasen al Emam - AWMC Director and AYAMM Chief Editor
Princess Basma urges media to clarify image
AMMAN (Petra) — HRH Princess Basma urged
media professionals and journalists to clarify misconceptions related
the “unjust campaign” against Islam and Arabs.
In her opening remarks at the Fifth Arab
Women Media Conference, entitled “Arab Media in Dialogue with the
Other,” Princess Basma cited the Amman Message and His Majesty’s
continuous visits to different countries to communicate the true image
of the faith to both Muslims and others.
She added that the media’s message to the
world should be straight, clear and based on facts so that it would be
attractive and persuasive.
The media in this age of advanced
communications and technology, she said, requires development and
modernisation. Media outlets should be able to address all
communities regardless of different cultures, and deliver their message
in a language that people can understand and thus react to.
Princess Basma, who
is the honorary chairperson of the Arab Media Women Centre (AMWC),
stressed that women journalists can play an important role once they
have the necessary support from their media establishments. Such support
comes through ensuring them justice in their places of work, she said.
The Princess voiced hope the conference
would help empower women journalists to communicate to the world the
true image of Islam and Arabs, win people’s confidence and learn from
other nations lessons that help them enhance their own culture and boost
democratic practices in their societies.
The AMWC President
Mahasen Imam said she hoped participants in the three-day event would
agree on a joint media strategy that would be useful to the generations
The AMWC centre was established in 1999
under the directives of Princess Basma to empower Arab women
congratulated UAE and Saudi Arabian peers for establishing similar
centres in their respective countries.
The Amman-based regional representative of
Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Hardy Ostry, whose organisation sponsored
the conference, highlighted the importance of the topic under
discussion. He said the event came at a time of difficult challenges in
the region, and underlined the subsequent need for a serious dialogue
that bridges people and gives peace “a real opportunity.”
Thirty-three participants from 13 Arab
countries and experts from the UK and France are taking part in the
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Fifth Arab Women Journalists' Conference Final
Closing Session of the 5th Arab Women
Media Conference on “Arab Media in Dialogue with Others”
Amman, 19.-21.9. 2006
Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Basmah Bint Talal and
Honorary President of the Arab Women Media Center, the Arab Media Women
Center’s fifth conference entitled “Arab Media in Dialogue with Others”
was held in Amman in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation and
with the participation of 50 media women, a number of experts in media
and communication, and representatives of regional and international
organizations from 15 Arab countries.
The fifth conference coincided with the announcement of establishing
another two similar centers in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates. Hence, the number of similar centers has reached five in each
of Palestine, Yemen, and Egypt.
During three days participants have discussed 8 working papers, as well
as listened to the testimonies of journalists who have suffered from the
war circumstances or other exceptional circumstances during their work.
The conference has discussed a number of
How to change the conventional image of Arabs through media, the role
and responsibility of the private media in supporting democratic
transition, the role of media institutions and persons in changing media
and social performance, in addition to distinguished working papers of
media experts regarding the vision of the West towards the Arabs in
terms of Media.
The Recommendations Committee, consisting of women representatives from
participating Arab Countries, reached the following:
1. The importance of organizing specialized training courses about the
skills and the techniques of addressing the other, international laws,
journalism ethics, and applying the social approach in the journalistic
2. Endorsing, translating, and publishing Arab Media Women’s testimonies
and articles in different media outlets and various websites.
3. Activating the partnership between the Arab media women and Arab
civil society institutions for the sake of holding discussion sessions
about the method of modernizing the dialogue with the other on the Arab
and international level.
4. Supporting the experiences of media women in the field of electronic
journalism, by facilitating releases in more than one language, and
enhancing their participation in conferences and seminars.
5. Supporting and encouraging media women to uncover the occupation
practices against media women and men, and shedding light on their
personal and social suffering and broadcasting their experience on the
broadest possible way.
6. Supporting the Arab Media Women Center in its specialized training
programs, working to benefit from the programs executed by the center,
and utilizing its renowned qualifications and experience.
7. Requesting the Arab Media Women to draw attention to the UN
conventions of human rights that were signed by their governments, and
requesting the Arab Media Women to use the monitoring tools [periodical
reports] for news coverage.
8. The participants of the conference have formed a committee, the
members of which are representatives of the participant Arab countries,
in addition to representatives of the Arab Media Women Center in Jordan.
The recommendations will be forwarded to:
• The Jordanian National Committee for Women Affairs, chaired by her
Royal Highness the Princess Basma Bint Talal.
• Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Regional office in Amman to be distributed to
all its branches in all countries.
• The Arab Woman Department in the Arab League.
• Civil society institutions in Jordan, Arab countries, and other
• Publishing the recommendations in the local newspapers, and through
local and Arab websites.
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women journalists conference - Amman - Jordan
Sep 19-21 -
Radisson SAS Hotel - Amman
Arab Media Women
In Dialogue with Others
Conference Justification and Objectives
Living in a new era of global challenges and modern communication
technology, Arab Media (governmental and private) face the need to
upgrade and update their understanding and skills in addressing non-Arab
public and audiences and develop a new media strategy introducing their
points of views to reflect a realistic and realistic image of the Arab
people. Arab Women Journalists live in a region of this world where
recently conflicts have increased and led to severe social, economic and
political changes. Arab Women in Media need to shoulder their
responsibility of finding new and successful ways of talking with “The
The overall goal of the 5th Arab Women Media conference is to create and
strengthen an Arab network of women working in the media with special
attention to the following issues:
- Creating a shared understanding of the new challenges and
strengthening the will of Arab women working in the media to overcome
these obstacles together.
- Finding ways and applicable mechanisms to discuss and present
collective Arab issues in an objective way, thus bridging the gap of
- Defining communication needs and ways how to address the non-Arab
nations to transmit a more realistic and pluralistic image of the Arab
communities, their will to reconciliation, seeking others’ friendship in
a non-violent, peaceful way,
- Establishing transparency and objectivity to keep pace with other
nations through practicing the culture and values of democracy and
finding ways for changing, for the best of Arab communities.
- Working at replacing outdated Media means and tools with modern and
advanced ones in view of an accelerating, global world.
- Creating highly trusted communication channels with people and nations
throughout the world.
- Establishing cooperation between responsible Media Women to influence
the Arab Media, and to develop and implement a responsible Arab Media
Participants from: Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE,
Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Tunis, Algeria, Morocco, and
two well known media experts from UK and France.
Also 15 selective' Jordanian journalists will
Participants details please click here
agenda please go here
Conference Guide for culture
conflicts dialogue just press here
THIRD ARAB WOMEN
AMMAN - JORDAN, JUNE
Conference major objectives is to high light and
underline codes of Modern Arab Media Strategy
1-Press Laws in the Arab World and Their Impact on Women in
2-Political, Legal and Economic Obstacles for the Arab Media Work
Reports & Experiences from (country)
Past and Present Situation of Women Journalists in the Print
Developments and Experiences from (country)
Woman Journalists in TV and Radio
Evidences and Experiences from (country)
Journalists’ Role in Advocating Human Rights
The Absence of
Media Training and the Need to Re-activate the Role of media
institutions and professional associations
Modern Media between Supper wealthy and Governmental Domination
Arab Media policy and political
other topics do you suggest concerning Arab Women Journalists?
Conference Press Releases:
AMMAN — Minister of Political
Development and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad
said the government is exerting efforts to eliminate all laws that
discriminate against women.
“The government is working seriously to erase any legislative
discrimination against women and to ensure their right to live
with dignity and pride,” the minister said.
Daoudiyeh was addressing over 80 local and Arab female journalists
who gathered in the capital for the Third Arab Women Journalist
Conference — a three-day workshop organised by the Arab Women
The conference objectives include updating the national media
strategy based on press freedom and expression, as well as ethics,
democracy, equality, networking and media training.
The minister revealed during a lecture he delivered on reform and
political development — A Jordanian vision — that the government
plans to allocate a certain amount of money to support political
“The government plans to impose strict and transparent terms on
the political parties when supporting them financially,” the
One of these terms, he told the participants, is to ensure a good
percentage of women's representation both in their membership and
Turning to the issue of honour crimes, the minister said the
government has been doing its utmost to address this problem, and
“the government's efforts received Royal family backing... But
there are strong conservative powers in the Jordanian community
that are fighting any efforts geared towards this problem.”
He added that women's groups did not lobby hard and did not
coordinate their efforts in a well-organised manner in order to
push for ending these crimes and changing discriminatory
Annually, between 20-25 women are reportedly killed by their male
relatives in the Kingdom in so-called honour crimes.
In most cases, the killers end up receiving prison terms ranging
from three months to two years in prison.
He said women's groups' efforts in this issue were weak and
scattered. “In order for them to make significant changes, they
should organise themselves and lobby the deputies before putting
the issue for discussion,” he added.
During the morning session journalists from Yemen, Tunisia,
Palestine and Algeria shared their experiences and the obstacles
facing their profession.
Journalist Hiba Assaf from Ramallah said although the Palestinian
Press Law guaranteed freedom of expression for the media, women
journalists still suffered from discrimination at work.
“Female reporters are still getting paid less than their male
colleagues. Also, their field of coverage is limited to women and
children's issues,” Assaf explained.
Algerian reporter Ayshah Mohamadieh said press reform would never
see the light “as long as Arab governments still monitor and
oppress the media.”
“How can we talk about press freedom and political development if
we are oppressed?” Mohamadieh said.
“Should we depend on impaired and defeated organisations to be
responsible for citizens' political, cultural and educational
development?” she added.
Participants at the event hailed from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq,
Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait,
Palestine, Algeria, Tunis, UK, USA,
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HRH Princess Basma delivers an address at a ceremony on Thursday
organised by the Arab Women's Media Centre to mark Arab Women's
(Petra) — HRH Princess Basma on Thursday lauded the
achievements of Arab and Jordanian women in social, humanitarian
and economic fields, describing them as a valuable contribution to
the process of change and their countries' socio-economic growth.
Princess Basma, honorary president of the Arab Women's Media
Centre (AWMC), was speaking at a ceremony organised by the centre
to mark Arab Women's Day. She said Arab women have come to realise
the accelerating trend towards change around the world,
particularly the growing recognition of and respect for women's
There is a growing and noticeable increase in attention given to
Jordanian and Arab women's rights and status, and a real awareness
on the part of women themselves of their role in society, stressed
Women's religious beliefs and culture are considered as a source
of power for women and their activities, added Princess Basma.
She expressed her appreciation of the centre's efforts towards
enhancing women's social status and the role of the youth sector.
AWMC Director Mahasen Imam said thanks to the United Nations,
which sponsored a number of international conferences to put the
spotlight on women's issues, the world has started focusing
attention on the role of women in development.
Dutch Ambassador to Jordan Hugo Gajus Scheltema also addressed the
meeting. He underlined the importance of women and expressed his
country's readiness to back women's initiatives in developing the
Minister of State and Government Spokesperson Asma Khader and
several parliamentarians, who also attended the event, watched a
documentary film on divorce in the local community, based on field
surveys and statistics.
Following the screening, participants held discussions on the
issue of divorce and its adverse effects on the community from
religious and legal perspectives.
Scholars, researchers, religious leaders and media representatives
took part in the discussions.
Guide provides women MPs
media relations `how-to'
— On the eve of parliamentary elections and amidst the
growing speculations of large numbers of women registering as
candidates, a regional NGO produced a guide for hopeful women MPs on
how best to address the media.
Your Voice be Heard,” a publication by the Arab Women Media Centre,
targets women that intend to run in the June elections but lack
adequate experience with the media. It provides basic guidelines on
issues ranging from television interviews and press releases to public
speaking and reaching a `target' audience.
booklet is part of our effort to empower women that need direction on
how to speak to the media,” said the centre's head, Mahasen Imam,
who also prepared the Arabic publication.
woman can benefit from this guide, even those that have previous
experiences with the media ... It's a guide that can be used anytime,
anywhere by anyone — even men,” she added.
Imam's main focus is on the upcoming elections, as she stressed the
need to make woman candidates heard by their constituents.
want a two-way dialogue where future MPs successfully put their
message out to voters, who are in turn able to voice their concerns to
them,” the media expert said.
booklet itself is written in an easy-to-read language and is divided
into a series of compact chapters detailing what prospective members
of parliament should or should not do throughout the election
for newspapers, television and radio are an integral part of a
candidate's career both before and after elections. Imam advises her
readers to “be in control of the interview ... Always prepare
beforehand for any expected questions.”
also cautions against wearing too much makeup or jewellery when
appearing on television and to avoid shiny or overly adorned clothes.
90 per cent of communication is nonverbal, so appearance is extremely
important,” she advised.
guide is the centre's second publication, after “Voices of Delayed
Victims of Violence,” which appeared earlier this year, tackling
violence against women.
centre, founded in 1999, is the first NGO of its kind in the region
concerned with promoting women in the media, through on-the-job
journalist training and field research.
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