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The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Wan-Ifra, is launching the Women in News (WIN) progaramme in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, starting March 2016.

“The launch of the programme in the region is an exciting and much needed development,” said Fatemah Farag, publisher of Welad el Baled in Egypt and  a Women in News Steering Committee member. 

“Audiences are demanding more from their news media and we need to ensure women have a voice by encouraging strong female leadership in newsrooms. Wan-Ifra’s Women in News programme is an essential first step for establishing women leaders in the news industry,” said Farag.

The programme has seen success in other regions, notably Southern Africa, where 44% of WIN participants had been promoted in their newsrooms and 84% felt more motivated to remain in the industry as a direct result of the programme. Women in News works with newspapers and their high-potential female employees to overcome the gender gap in management and senior editorial positions.

WIN is a 4-year, multi-million Euro program conducted by Wan-Ifra in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).