Gender and media awards

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabweans proved that sexual discrimination in media reporting is not on the agenda, as they scooped four awards in a recent Gender and Media summit in South Africa. The awards were tightly contested with 187 entries in 12 categories from 12 different countries.
Virginia Muwanig

wa, Phyllis Kachere, Tsvangirai Mukwazhi and Tsitsi Dangarembga all won awards which included a cash prize of R3,000 and an opportunity to speak at the summit.
Muwanigwa scooped the award for best print news and Kachere won her prize for her reporting on forced marriages of young girls. Dangaremba won the features award in the television category with her documentary Growing Stronger filmed and produced by an all female crew. Mukwazhi grabbed his award in the photography category.
Thomas Deve, the chairperson of the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) said: “The fact that Zimbabweans won several awards, demonstrates improved consciousness on gender mainstreaming in the media. Mukwazhi was among the three males recognised for their gender sensitive coverage of events in a clear demonstration that gender issues can be addressed eloquently and professionally by both men and women.” – KJW

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