Around 35 women journalists and union activists will gather in Casablanca next month for a MedMedia conference focusing on gender policies in the workplace.

The event will be held on October 27 ahead of an annual meeting for journalists’ unions in the region hosted by the International Federation of Journalists.

Topics covered will include gender equality policies in the media, recent employment trends and trade union recruitment as well as the representation of women in senior management positions.

Participants will come from countries across the Southern Mediterranean Region and will include a large delegation from Morocco.

A plenary session in the morning will highlight regional trends whilst, in the afternoon, working groups will examine specific issues such as internal gender equality policies and guarantees provided through collective agreements.

The conference will be the first in a series of four gender-related events organised by MedMedia. It is anticipated that the next conference will focus on the portrayal of women by broadcast media in the Arab world.