Twelve journalists honored for gender sensitivity


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28 March 2018

The Gender and Media Connect today announced the winners of the 2018 Gender and the media awards.

The awards are held in recognition of good journalistic practices of ensuring women‘s access to expression in the media, and flagging relevant or topical issues from a gender perspective. The granting of the awards is based on a qualitative and quantitative assessment on the extent journalists and the media institutions in the country mainstreaming of gender in their work.

The awards recognise gender sensitive content in terms of depth, story angles, language, visuals and placement of stories within a publication or broadcast. In terms of the media institutions, the awards look at gender sensitive media operations. This includes the adoption and implementation of gender sensitive and aware operational codes, policies and practices.

The adjudication panel which comprised of seven media and gender experts reviewed 71 entries this year.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that male journalists and writers in Zimbabwe have embraced the Gender Media Awards and submitted some outstanding pieces, “ said GMC board member, John Masuku.

50 submissions were submitted by male journalists and 21 by female journalists. This scenario reflects a shift in the mindset that gender issues can only be dealt with by female journalists. GMC’s work over the years has built a strong constituency of male and female gender and media advocates who have taken commendable steps to use the media to profile gender and women’s issues.

“We assessed stories on their originality, investigation, research effort and persistence. Depth of knowledge on the subject was also key in as far as it added clarity and influenced change in the community, “ added John.

The winners of the 2018 awards were as follows:


Winner  – Alois Vinga (Financial Gazette)

For a news article centred around implementation of gender equality policies and practices around women’s maternal health.

Runner up – Nevson Mpofu (The People’s Voice)

A motivating news article challenging the SADC leaders to take action on children’s rights. His story tackles a local problem from a regional perspective.


Winner – Moses Mugugunyeki (The Standard )

On specialised reporting on how men and women interface in Zimbabwean Society.

Runner Up  – Tapiwa Zivira(Newsday)

On raising topical issues affecting young women and men in today’s society.


Winner – Jeffrey Moyo (Freelance)

For an article that has a direct bearing on women’s daily lives and challenging gender stereotypes.

Runner Up – Ndakaziva Majaka (Daily News)

For focusing on a feature story creating awareness about existing gender gaps within the Zimbabwean workplace


Winner – Monalisa Dube (ZIFM stereo)

For a radio talk show that had fair representation of men and women as sources around women and girls’ rights

Runner up: Lucy Yasini (Voice of America)

For close to fair representation of men and women as sources of news on radio



Winner – Tafadzwa Umufumeli (Newsday)

For an image demonstrating gender injustices and brutality to women in Zimbabwe 

Runner up – Obey Sibanda (Chronicle)

For deliberately celebrating women’s achievements through photography



Winner – Moses Ziyambi (TellZim)

For his sterling efforts in mainstreaming gender within his journalistic work.

Runner Up – Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations

For improvements towards mainstreaming gender into the association’s operations and policies.



Winner – Zimpapers

Pioneer in having a draft gender policy and therefore most consistent in keeping gender on their institutional agenda


Runners up:

Alpha Media Holdings – for having the highest numbers of females promoted at Editorial level

Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe – for encouraging female reporters to take on non-traditional beats

The Source – for having a deliberate indicator for gender balance in news content

ZIFM Stereo – for gender mainstreaming their Code of Conduct



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