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Women in News and Gender and Media Freedom Strategy

Women in News and Gender and Media Freedom Strategy

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A 4-year initiative to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. Women in News aims to increase women’s participation in management and editorial decisions within their media while mobilizing the industry to collectively create an environment that promotes gender equality in the media, and in the news. The programme is active in 9 countries across MENA and Africa including Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Rwanda, Somalia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The programme is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

Digital Master Class Women Make a Difference
  (27/02/2017) While many may still be wondering what to make of the digital disruption that has changed the face of media as we used to know it, not so with eight women digital champions who recently completed a digital storytelling training of trainers course in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more  
  Governments in Zambia and Botswana Engage with WIN

(02/02/2017) WIN kick-started the year with a National Gathering and Round Table on gender bias in the media that took place on 16-17 January in Lusaka, Zambia. The event was held in presence of the Zambian Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Mulenga Kampamba, and generated publicity in local press, radio, and television. The minister’s presence at the meeting in Zambia was not a first time occasion. A similar cooperation with the government has already taken place in Botswana. Read more


Call for Applications: Women in News Editorial Leadership Awards

(23/01/2017) WAN-IFRA in partnership with Sida is pleased to announce the launch of nominations for the Women in News EditorialLeadership Award. The award recognises an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom and under her l eadership, the contribution of her newspaper to society. Two women in 2017 will be recognised as leaders, one being from sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Middle East and North Africa region. Read more
  Egypt holds its first Roundtable for Women in News

(15/11/2016) WAN-IFRA’s Women in News (WIN) programme, funded by Sida, saw its first Roundtable on October 12, bringing together over a dozen editors-in-chief, managing editors, department heads and media directors from Egyptian media in Cairo. Discussions centered around finding ways to improve female journalists’ status in newsrooms, helping women move up the professional ladder and tackling the wider issue of gender bias in Egypt’s media landscape. Read more

WAN-IFRA Announces Call for Applications to WIN MENA

(26/09/2016) It’s that time of year again – WAN-IFRA has launched its call for applicants to its highly anticipated Women in News (WIN) leadership development programme in the MENA region, providing female media professionals in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine the chance to be part of this enriching initiative. Read more

First Year of Success for WIN Media Freedom Strategy

(23/09/2016) WAN-IFRA’s Women in News: Gender and Media Freedom Strategy looks back at its first year of success, as it pursues its goals set within the 4-year initiative. Through capacity building and advocacy, the programme aims to increase women’s involvement within their media companies as well as ensure gender equality is at the forefront of the media landscape. Read more

Women in News Nominations Now Open for MENA

(19/09/2016) The World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is pleased to invite women working for newspapers or digital media in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine to apply for the much-sought-after Women in News (WIN) leadership development programme. Read more

WAN-IFRA Celebrates First Somali WIN Meeting

(19/09/2016) “As Somali women, we face many problems, specifically from our bosses and managers, so this training is very important for us. I hope to return with many benefits and to help my female colleagues – as well as the male colleagues – learn what I have learned.” Read more

Connecting with Sweden and Norway Abroad 

(22/06/2016) Throughout 2016, WAN-IFRA’s Women in News team members regularly met with Swedish and Norwegian representatives in many of the markets where activities were taking place. Read more

Forging Industry-led Solutions to Improve Gender Balance in the Newsroom

(22/06/2016) Under the guidance of the Women in News Steering Committee, WAN-IFRA met with media executives from Botswana, Zambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Lebanon and Palestine between January and June 2016, to discuss the most pressing challenges - and critically - potential solutions for media managers and owners to promote gender mainstreaming in both their editorial strategy as well as throughout the organization. Read more

Joining Forces to Expand Networks

(22/06/2016) In 2016, WAN-IFRA combined its Sida-funded Women in News Africa programme with its Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs-funded programme to bring participants together for combined workshops in media management as well as peer mentoring, and networking events. The group of 45 high potential editors and journalists from Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Sida-sponsored delegates) and Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania (Norwegian-sponsored delegates) met on two occasions throughout 2016. Read more

WIN Coaching - A Win-Win for Mentor and Mentee

(22/06/2016) Helping women create plans for their future media careers, developing plans to get them there and promoting leadership skills – these tasks are part and parcel for those acting as coaches within WAN-IFRA’s Women In News (WIN) programme, now in its sixth year. Read more

WIN MENA Concludes First Year

(22/06/2016) WAN-IFRA’s Women in News program hosted the second Leadership and Media Management Training in Amman, Jordan in May, bringing together 23 mid-level women editors and senior journalists from the Middle East and North Africa for a one-week intensive training on leadership and management skills. Read more

Case Study: Delivering New 'Faith' to Kenyan Media Professional

(22/06/2016) There was a time when Faith Oneya would enter the newsroom unnoticed. After quietly going about her day’s work, she would slip out the door and head home. Some might have described her as shy or even lacking in confidence. But that was then. Read more

WAN-IFRA Launches MENA Regional Programmes

(24/05/2016) WAN-IFRA remains committed to promoting media freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa, which has led to the launch of two recent initiatives in the MENA region – the Strengthening Media and Society programme and Women in News: Gender and Media Freedom programme. Read more

Women in News Continues

(09/03/2016) Since 2010, WAN-IFRA’s Women in News leadership development program has worked to empower women in the media to expect more professionally, to strive for executive positions and receive the training and support networks to do so. Read more



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2016-06-30 12:44

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