Amman – Jordan – Al Abdali,
Al Ellamiatt Al Arabiatt Street,
Opposite of Ministry of Education Main Gate.
Post code 11947 POB 199
•1976 Ms. Mahasen Al Emam was the first woman to be accepted by Jordanian Press Association [JPA] as a registered journalist. Since then she was often the only female journalist among her colleagues, breaking the ground for future women. Her caliber of work spoke for itself, as she was able to rise to chief editor of one of Jordan's most popular weekly newspapers.
•1996 Ms. Al Emam was the first woman to join the JPA committee in general assembly election.
•1998 Ms. Al Emam came up with the idea to create a non-governmental organization to help Arab women journalists in their careers and to help them promote women's issues. She used her experience and tapped into the experience of the few other female journalists who had covered women's rights and issues relating to children and the family--issues under covered in Arab media. Ms. Al Emam decided to establish a media center to serve the following beliefs and doctrines:
- By virtue of modern communication there is no isolation but instead integration. This means wherever we are vulnerable, we need to be seen or heard no matter the race or religion. Our mother nature will support only who is right and defend human rights and freedom for both sexes [men and women equally].
- We in Arabia can't ignore that we still belong to the third world community--even though governments put on the face of emerging democracies. That means human rights violations and abuse of women and children still exist in our society.
- All of us have had to be journalists [TV, Radio, Press] under the past system and present immature democratic societies. We know what is real and what is not. Although we started in the media many years ago, we still suffer from a lack of free press and censored media.
•Early 1999 Ms. Al Emam managed to convert her dream into reality. She obtained a license and registration and rented an apartment in the old and most cultural place in Amman [JABELL ALWAIBDEH ] as a suitable place for our Arabs' Media Women Center.
On 5 Dec. 1999 HRH Princess Bassmeh [Sister of our late King Hussein of Jordan] cut the ribbon. We started our business the next day.
AWMC Strategy and Objectives: To run media businesses [written audio video] which focus on women and youth rights, as well as to work with journalists and news operations to encourage the privatisation of the media. We intend to do so by taking the following steps:
- Independent, genuine, on the ground research – What, Why, How - What is our status globally – Why we still have human rights violations – How we should develop ourselves towards modernization.
- Data has to be collected with the help of an effective and reliable reconnaissance network [MEDIA WATCH GROUPS ] including every level--from the bottom up through the middle class, and the top of the society. We will then classify the data to put a finger on the logic and facts. Finally, if necessary, we will produce reports and assessments as well as recommendations.
- We will provide written feedback on reports + cases + status to all NGOS, locally and internationally, as well as governmental decision makers.
- Offering on-the-job training for new women graduates in media by hiring them to practice their future careers in the media .
- Helping unemployed female journalists by hiring them on a regular and part job basis to run our media reconnaissance project.
- Media training by offering courses to upgrade women in media standards and also introducing online journalism.
- Media to non-media training, that focus on democracy and human rights education by means of media viewing.
- Producing films on women's rights and eliminating all violence against women. We are on this year to produce two films on divorce and multi marriages in Islamic law.
- Calling for a third Arab Women in Media annual conference after successfully launching two conferences, the first in 2001, and the second in 2002. This year we're on for the third one in June.
- Participating in regional and international lobbying as was done in the Durban SA international third assembly conference from Feb 4 – 8, 2004.