Networking & Partnership Development
Over the years GMC has initiated informal meetings to facilitate “Candid Talk” discussions on topical issues around gender and the media. The forums bring men and women opportunities for debating their perspectives influencing their mode of reporting on women related issues raising the concerns of media women and women in general.
To date GMC has hosted Candid Talks in Harare, Gweru, Mutare, Masvingo, Kwekwe and Bulawayo.
GMC’s network partnerships include relationships with media organizations, media–focused CSOs, international organizations and media training institutions. Government ministries get the different stakeholders together and provide the regulatory framework within which GMC operates.
- i) Media Organizations:
GMC works with all major mainstream media houses namely Zimpapers, New Ziana, Alpha Media Holdings, Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, AB Communications and The Source. We also work with community newspapers mainly from Masvingo and Midlands Provinces.
ii) Media–Focused CSOs:
We strategically partner with organizations such as Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), Voluntary Media Council Zimbabwe (VMCZ) and Media Monitors to complement the work of GMC through their own programs that respond to critical media issues around capacity building and ethical reporting.
iii) Regional and International Organizations:
GMC works closely with a wide network of regional and international organizations, especially World Association of Newspapers (WAN-INFRA), Gender Links and UN Agencies. These are important as technical partners around gender mainstreaming.
iv) Media Training Institutions
We work with Tertiary colleges and universities that offer Journalism, Communication and Media training around issues of induction and sexual harassment. These are key stakeholders because of their role of building foundations for all media workers.