Dr. Amit Kapoor moderated a session at an interactive workshop, entitled ‘Diversity and Inclusion’, organised by The High Commission of Canada, in association with Concept Public Relations India Ltd, on November 3, 2017, in New Delhi. This was the eighth edition in a series of media workshops organized to promote a better understanding of the role of media in the contemporary global environment. The session aimed at discussing topics such as: Do media houses make a conscious effort to maintain gender balance at work? Do gender stereotypes creep into reporting of news or in Editorial comments? Does media consider the LGBTI community as consumers of news? Can media play a role in gender sensitisation and fostering gender equality?

Some of the panelist are: Dr Sheema Khan (Columnist with the Globe and Mail, author of “Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman”), Mr. Michael Safi (South Asia Correspondent, The Guardian), Dr Susan Visvanathan (Prof, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Ms Salma Sakhi (journalist, Zan TV, Afghanistan).

Some of the other topics that were covered are:

  • Does media respect gender diversity?

  • Ethnic diversity: Media’s role in creating awareness and acceptance

  • What can the media do to preserve linguistic diversity?

  • Is the media sensitive to religious diversity?

  • Media as a tool in preserving cultural diversity

Forty-five journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka participated in the day-long workshop. The panellists included editors and experts from prominent newspapers and television channels, including from Canada.

 

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