The Gender Journalism Awards Competition: Winners Announced

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The Gender Journalism Awards Competition: Winners Announced

UN Women, in partnership with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), the African Women Leaders’ Network (Tanzania and Malawi Chapters); the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA); The Association of Women in Media (Malawi); and the MISA Chapters in Tanzania and Malawi, is proud to announce the winners of the Gender Journalism Awards.

The Awards, inspired by the UN Women Global: “Generation Equality: Realizing the Rights of Women for an Equal Future” campaign launched in 2019, promotes and recognizes excellence in the media reporting of the work by Feminist Movements in East and Southern African countries.

Journalists were requested to submit stories under the following five categories:

  1. The Women’s Rights Activism and Leadership

  2. Protection of Civic Space for Feminist Action and Movement Building

  3. Intergenerational Partnerships for Consensus Building and Succession 

  4. Feminist Movements and Financing for a Gender Equal Future

  5. Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality 

Following the announcement of the competition in 2021, over 100 (a total of 124) submissions were received from 15 countries in the East and Southern Africa region i.e. Botswana, Gambia, Finland, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The submissions were rigorously evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Stories that demonstrate knowledge of the subject area, understanding the scope of the category

  2. A gender-lens approach to reporting (gender-responsive)

  3. Great Journalism ability, creativity, innovation and integrity

  4. Writes with clarity, simplicity for ease of communication, and demonstrates analytical skills, depth, and an impressive investment in research

  5. Background knowledge of the Generation Equality and ongoing events locally, regionally and globally

  6. Understanding of how the Feminist Movements and Leadership Action Coalition connects with the other 5 Action Coalitions

  7. Demonstrates Tenacity, Courage, and ability to develop follow-up stories for more insight on the subject area.

The top five winners from each category (in no particular order) are:

CATEGORY 1: WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISM AND LEADERSHIP

Fatou Ellika Muloshi - The Gambia Radio and TV Service (Gambia)

Raphael Mweninguwe – Freelancer (Malawi)

Jennifer Gilla – The Guardian (Tanzania)

Rosemary Onchari – Capital FM (Kenya)

Edwin Naidu – The Sunday Independent (South Africa)

CATEGORY 2: PROTECTION OF CIVIC SPACE FOR FEMINIST ACTION

Meclina Chirwa - Timven Child and Youth Media (Malawi)

Hawa Jumanne Bihoga – Deutsch Welle (Tanzania)

Mercy Tyra Muregu - Atoo Sifa-Kakuma (Kenya)

Andile Tschuma – The Chronicle (Zimbabwe)

Lourdes Akello Walusa – Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (Kenya)

CATEGORY 3: INTERGENERATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR CONSENSUS BUILDING AND SUCCESSION

Caetano Alberto – Freelancer (Mozambique)

Mercy Tyra Muregu - Atoo Sifa-Kakuma (Kenya)

Owen Nyaka – The Atlas (Malawi)

Beldeen Waliaula – Standard Group – KTN (Kenya)

Adam Hhando – CG FM (Tanzania)

CATEGORY 4: FEMINIST MOVEMENTS AND FINANCING FOR A GENDER-EQUAL FUTURE

Moraa Obiria – Nation Media Group (Kenya)

Dorcas Wangira – Royal Media Services – Citizen (Kenya)

Adam Hhando – CG FM (Tanzania)

Aliko Munde – Malawi News Agency (Malawi)

Mercy Tyra Muregu - Atoo Sifa-Kakuma (Kenya)

CATEGORY 5: TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR GENDER EQUALITY

Yohana Emmanuel Gwangway - Radio SAUT FM (Tanzania)

Pulane Clementina Ntjantja – Lesotho News Agency (Lesotho)

Georgia Mbaghugho Chirombo – Malawi Institute of Journalism (Malawi)

Lydia Atieno Barasa - New Times (Rwanda)

Gibson Mhaka – The Chronicle (Zimbabwe)

UN Women congratulates all the winners of the competition. The overall winner and runners-up for each category will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at a date to be announced.

 

For further details contact:

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