In early November, 30 exchange program alumni from across South and Central Asia came together for the Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (TIES), “Women in Media: Creating Networks for Social Change” in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
At the seminar, the #ExchangeAlumni - men and women, journalists, producers, vloggers, and filmmakers, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan - talked about the common challenges women face in media, how #medialiteracy can be used to tackle disinformation and misinformation - including the way women are portrayed by the media, and came up with innovative ways of empowering women to develop partnerships for community action.
“Journalists are the gatekeepers. Journalists also need to be responsible and be the arbiters of truth,” said DAS Woodward, adding, "We have seen how disinformation can impact society. In a pluralistic society, we need ways to talk to each other, even when we don’t agree."