About Us

International Association of Women in Radio & Television India (IAWRT)

Who we are

The vision of IAWRT Chapter India is to enable perspective building on issues faced by women media practitioners, while keeping a sharp focus on the changing media landscape, and work towards creating bias, discrimination and abuse-free spaces where women media practitioners can work 

We strive for a professional network of women media practitioners that can provide a sustaining space  to build on a shared vision and ideas. These deeper conversations can be had through our different  activities like film festivals, seminars, workshops and exhibitions. While enabling media practitioners, we also want to provide a platform to create, share, disseminate and work towards a more equitable media landscape in which women are more visible.

We have held 16 editions of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival (AWFF). In March 2021, we will host the first online edition of the festival owing to the COVID19 pandemic. The AWFF has grown in stature and popularity with each passing year. It brings together women filmmakers of Asian origin from across the world on a common platform in Delhi around International Women’s Day for a four-day festival. A series of events like seminars, workshops, masterclasses and exhibitions are organized as parallel events to the mainline program of the festival screenings.

The travelling festivals that are an offshoot of AWFF have been highly appreciated in festivals curated in countries worldwide. The Chapter India has also helped set up two important women’s festivals in Herat (Afghanistan) and Kathmandu (Nepal). We aim  to  extend such  interactions further with women film and media practitioners in other countries of the region like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The Chapter India of IAWRT has a rich pool of very talented members who can be resource persons and mentors in partnering with like minded organisations – conducting seminars on contemporary challenges like censorship and online trolling facing the media; workshops on gender mainstreaming; media literacy in remote places in India; film making workshops in educational institutions and supporting women and students working with community radio.