World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers


Now accepting nominations to award outstanding women editors in Africa and Middle East

Now accepting nominations to award outstanding women editors in Africa and Middle East

Paris, France – 2017-01-23

WAN-IFRA announces the call for nominations for the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award. Launched in conjunction with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the award recognises the exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom and, under her leadership, the contribution of her news organisation to society. Two women will be recognised for their leadership in 2017, one from sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Middle East and North Africa.

The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award will be awarded to two outstanding woman editors who stand out from their peers in inspiring and paving the way forward for the next generation of leaders. The ‘Winners’ will possess a proven track record of success within her newsrooms, having demonstrated uncompromising editorial integrity throughout her career and upheld a strong commitment to the principles of press freedom and its power to promote democracy and good governance.

The inaugural recipient of the award presented in 2014 by WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum, Toyosi Ogunseye, said “Winning the award has given me the platform to meet, speak to, and network with African media leaders on the need to give equal opportunities to female journalists while also making newsrooms gender friendly for them to thrive.”

WAN-IFRA looks forward to receiving nominations from across Africa and the Middle East

Eligible nominees in 2017 must:

  • Be based in the sub-Saharan region of Africa or the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Hold a senior editorial role as of 1 January 2017.
  • Work in a news media role (newspapers, magazines, or digital-only). The media house can be any size from across the regions. 

The 2017 recipients of the Women in News Leadership Award will be honoured during the World News Media Congress and World Editors Forum in Durban, 7-9 June 2017, the premier annual meeting of the world’s press. The ‘Winners’ will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the event in Durban.

Completed applications must be received no later than 1 March 2017. Candidates can nominate themselves, or be nominated by someone else. Download the application form on the Women in News site (http://womeninnews.org/award2017/) and email it to apply@womeninnews.org .

About Women in News

Women in News works to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. It does so through targeted capacity building actions to develop media leaders, combined with a partnership-driven approach to advocacy that aims to sensitise and mobilise the industry on gender equality. Women in News is a partnership with the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (Sida) and WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Contact - Inquiries

For more on the WAN-IFRA Women in News programme please visit www.womeninnews.org or email us at contact@womeninnews.org 

Contact: 
Melanie Walker, Director Media Development, Women in News, Melanie.walker@wan-ifra.org


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