Call for applications: Women In News MENA

Women in News program (WIN) at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is pleased to announce that its call for nominations for the third year of the program in the Middle-East and North Africa is now open. WAN-IFRA seeks high potential women journalists for Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, especially those who work in print and digital media to be part this leading leadership development program. WIN works with media companies and their high potential female employees to overcome the gender gap in management and senior management positions. The program seeks to equip women media professionals in middle and senior management positions with the right skills, knowledge and attitudes to help advance their careers. WIN provides them the support networks they need to take on a greater leadership role within their organizations and works with their organizations to create environments for high potential women to succeed. Applicants should be working as full-time journalists at a media organization published in one of the four countries or managing their own project. It is required that the application be signed and approved by direct supervisor or chief editor of the applicant. The program will run from December 2017 till June 2018 and successful applicants will benefit from the following: - Two weeks of Media Management Training certified by the American University in Cairo - One-on- one coaching sessions with national coaches - National and regional networking events - Peer mentoring HOW TO APPLY? Interested applicants should download the application form through clicking on Please fill the application and send it to Note: Successful participants will be expected to travel on specific occasions throughout the program. Your availability for this will be crucial for the overall success of the program. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 31, 2017. Successful applicants will be contacted during the fourth week of November 2017.

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Twenty media women join second year of Somali WIN

A Twenty strong Somali Women in News (WIN) delegation met in Nairobi, Kenya from 22nd to 27th September, as part of a newsroom leadership and media management  programme for Somali media women. Somali WIN which has been running for two years now is a partnership between WAN-IFRA and IMS/Fojo.  The programme is designed to improve representation of women, especially in senior management, in Somali media as well as amplifying women’s voices in the news. The programme was in two parts. Participating journalists and editors for the current class of Somali WIN will be holding their final training by WIN Lead Trainer Paula Fray and individual coaching sessions as they wind up their programme. They were then joined by the legacy class from last year who had their refresher and delved into strategic business development issues.  The group was then joined by their Kenyan Women in News counterparts to take part in one-day Summit and discussed practical leadership techniques and exchange ideas and challenges. The Summit included a panel discussion by WIN Kenya alumni Faith Oneya, Maryanne Gicobi, Valerie Koga, Mercy Njoroge, Felista Wangari, as well as a keynote speech by Dorothy Kweyu, Consulting Editor, Editorial Centre.  The WIN programme is operating in eight African countries and is credited for helping women propel their careers forward to either more senior positions or more responsible positions. Participants have also reported better awareness of gender issues, improvement in levels of confidence and having a stronger desire to remain in the media industry in contrast with before they joined the programme. Women in News is currently accepting applications from editors and journalists from the following countries: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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