First Global Women in News Summit to be held in association with World News Media Congress in Durban

On 7 June 2017, more than 200 leading editors and journalists from around the world will hear from innovative women at the top of the news game at the inaugural Women In News Summit.

durban“Breaking through”, is the theme of the Summit, which is being held in association with the World News Media Congress and World Editors Forum, taking place in Durban from 7-9 June. It is a component of WAN-IFRA’s sector-leading Women in News initiative, which seeks to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news.

Media executives who are redefining the media landscape – on their terms, speakers and mentors speaking the inaugural Women in News Summit in Durban include:

  • Catherine Gicheru, Country Lead, Code for Kenya, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Kenya
  • Ritu Kapur, Co-Founder & CEO, The Quint, India
  • Lisa MacLeod, Head of Digital, Times Media Group, South Africa
  • Verashni Pillay, former Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post South Africa
  • Maria A. Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines
  • Helje Solberg, CEO/Editor, VGTV, Norway
  • Monica Almeida, Bureau Chief, El Universo, Equador
  • Fatemah Farag, Founder and Director, Welad Elbalad Media Services LTD, Egypt, Director, WIN MENA

As part of the Summit, a panel session hosted by Google will address the Gender Representation and Gender Bias in News Reporting in the Age of Social Media.  The full programme of conferences and workshops taking place in Durban can be found here (

Laureates of the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award 2017 will be honoured at the WIN Summit. Two top achieving editors, one from the Middle East, North Africa region and one from sub-Saharan Africa will each receive a 2017 WIN Newsroom Leadership Award for exceptional contributions to their newsrooms.

Online registration for the World News Media Congress is available at :

Contact – Inquiries

Melanie Walker, Director Media Development WAN-IFRA,

We need your voice!  What can our industry do to improve women’s leadership and voices in the news?

Survey available in English, العربية, Français and Español.

Women in News and WAN-IFRA launch survey on gender equality in news industry. The survey examines how news publishers can promote women’s voices in the industry.

As part of International Women’s Day celebrations, WAN-IFRA has created the “Gender Reality Check” survey for media houses to take during the month of March.  It explores how the management of media houses can increase women’s leadership and voices in the news, and, how we as an industry can collectively promote gender equality.
Global reports show that men occupy 73% of the top media management jobs, whereas women occupy just 27% of the highest positions. Among the ranks of reporters, men hold nearly two-thirds of the jobs.  However, companies are recognising that having women in all levels of the organisation, including management and the boardroom, also makes business sense.
As a representative body to the world’s press, WAN-IFRA is uniquely placed to identify industry-led solutions to promote gender equality in news media. We also know that many of our members are undertaking serious measures to promote gender equality in their newsrooms and boardrooms (See Winning Strategies hand book here). We want to learn more to begin a conversation about how work together as an industry to accelerate this change.
Click here to contribute to the survey available in EnglishArabicFrench and Spanish.
Since 2010, WAN-IFRA has been working to increase women’s leadership and voices in the global news industry through its sector-leading Women in News programme. As part of these efforts, WAN-IFRA is committed to examining its own internal approach to gender equality and in December 2016 the Board passed a resolution committing itself to improving diversity in its own governance bodies. This Gender Reality Check is a first step in activating this commitment.
The survey also supports the ‘Step it Up’ UN Women Gender Equality Media Compact, an initiative to promote women’s leadership within the media industry and reduce gender bias in the news. WAN-IFRA is proud to support UN Women in its goal to achieve a 50/50 representation of women across all industries by 2030, and UNESCO’s “Women Make The News” campaign.
For more information please contact Melanie Walker, Director, Media Development:

Women in News Editorial Leadership Awards are now open! Nominations close 1 March 2017

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WAN-IFRA in partnership with Sida is pleased to announce the launch of nominations for the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award. The award recognises an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom and under her leadership, 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.

Nominations are open now! Please download the nomination form at the bottom of this article.

The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award will be awarded to two outstanding woman editors who are first amongst 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 newsroom, have demonstrated uncompromising editorial integrity throughout her career, and have a strong commitment to the principles of press freedom and its power to promote democracy and good governance.

Inaugural recipient, Toyosi Ogunseye, the first female editor in the more than 40 year history of the Punch Newspaper, Nigeria, 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”.

Eligible nominees in 2017 must:

  1. Be based in the sub-Saharan region of Africa or the Middle East and North African region.
  2. Hold a senior editorial role as of I January 2017.
  3. Work in a news media role (newspapers, magazines and digital-only).
  4. 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 WAN-IFRA News Media Congress in Durban, 7-9 June 2017. The Winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend theWorld News Media Congress 2017, the premier global annual meeting of the world’s press. Completed applications must be received no later than 1 March 2017.  You can nominate yourself, or be nominated by someone else. Please download the application form attached and email it to . We look forward to receiving nominations from across the continent! 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 within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA. For more information contact:

Download Application forms here:


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