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Published on Aug 5, 2011
Tasneem Ahmar is Director of the Uks Research Center, a resource and publication center that focuses on the women-media relationship. Here she talks to Naveen Naqvi of Gawaahi.com about how there can be more gender-sensitive reporting in the media. Ahmar points out that more women in the field could lead to better reporting of women's issues. When reporting a crime against a woman, the focus should be on the crime and criminal rather than the survivor/victim. Women should be portrayed as survivors rather than victims, and their stories should be of overcoming not suffering. How a story is reported can determine the lives of women -- a badly reported story of harassment can persuade parents to keep their daughters away from school/college/university.
This interview was shot by Amina Agha. It is part of Gawaahi.com's Tips & Tutorials section where we offer guidance to aspiring journalists, especially citizen journalists.
Tasneem Ahmar has worked to promote gender equality through sensitization workshops, mentoring, media advocacy, media monitoring and the Uks Radio Project, which is known for its all female team of journalists and broadcasters.