Pswarayi is co-founder and director of the Creative Centre for Communication and Development in Zimbabwe, a non-governmental organisation that works to give marginalised groups a voice. She writes regularly for World Pulse and for the Global Press Institute, published online.
Her powerful article about political rape survivors coming forward to tell their stories ahead of the Zimbabwean elections captured the judges’ attention.
“We applaud her bravery and daring in telling the disturbing stories of raped and exploited women in Zimbabwe, a country with zero tolerance for the journalism of revelation,” reads her citation from the judging panel.
“Just when you feel that you can neither read, nor watch/listen to anything more about Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, you must come to terms with what Gertrude has told us.”
Pswarayi was chosen from almost 90 submitted entries from journalists around the world. The Kurt Schork Memorial Awards specifically honour the contributions of freelance journalists covering foreign news, and reporters living and working in the developing world.
Winners in each category will receive a $5,000 at a presentation ceremony in London on November 17.Post published in: News