Press release 6 March 2017

The EU-funded MedMedia programme today launched an innovative online database aimed at enhancing the representation of women in news programming across the Southern Mediterranean Region.

Launched in the run-up to International Women’s Day on March 8, Khabirat is an online Arabic-language directory of women experts which has been designed for use by editorial teams at national media outlets.

The initiative is based on strong national partnerships with institutions such as public broadcasters, journalists’ unions, publishers, regulatory authorities and women rights’ groups. It aims to promote consistent national policies which improve women’s contribution to media outputs on a national and regional level.

The Khabirat directories, which are being developed across the region, will debut in Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and Palestine, where special events are scheduled to showcase their content and resources.

Irène Mingasson, Head of Unit for the European Commission’s Regional Programmes Neighbourhood South, said, “We hope that this regional initiative and its offshoots will flourish, enhancing both the quality and depth of media content and the image of women as experts, achievers and actors for change.”

Recruitment campaigns and other forms of participatory engagement will help to expand the directories, which are hosted on independent websites and managed locally by national consortia.

Visit Khabirat at:

In Jordan:

In Morocco:

In Tunisia:

In Palestine:


*”Khabirat partners include:


In Jordan:  the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), the Jordan Press Association (JPA), the Jordan Radio and Television (JRTV) and the national News agency Petra.

In Morocco: Syndicat national de la presse marocaine (SNPM), la Société nationale de radiotélévision (SNRT), la Fédération marocaine des éditeurs de journaux (FMEJ), Radio Plus et ECOMEDIA.

In Palestine: – the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), WAFA News Agency, and the Women Affairs’ Technical Committee (WATC),

In Tunisia: The Syndicat national des journalistes tunisiens (SNJT), la Haute autorité indépendante de la Communication audiovisuelle (HAICA), la Télévision et la Radio tunisiennes, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP), l’Association tunisienne des femmes démocrates (ATFD) et l’Association des femmes tunisiennes pour recherche et le développement (AFTURD).


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