BZU Participates in Innovative Gender and Media Management Training

Methods to enhance women leadership skills in the newsroom and principles of management skills in the media landscape will be addressed in a five- day training conducted by The Media Development Center of Birzeit University and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Alexendria-Egypt.

The training brings together 35 journalists from Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Rwanda.

The five-day course gives special attention to the techniques that will contribute in closing the gender gap in the newsroom by ensuring women with strong skills and passion for the news industry can reach the top positions in news media houses. It also focuses on management principles and leadership skills for professional working in media.

Director of Center of Media Development Nibal Thawabteh, who will be representing Birzeit University at the training, said that she will be addressing women's position in the Palestinian media. "We must work to let women see themselves as influencers in their communities. Female journalists strive for executive positions and must receive the training and support needed to achieve that."

The training is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

WAN-IFRA is a global organization of the world's press. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries.