Each year, the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award is awarded to one outstanding woman editor in the sub Saharan Africa region and in the Arab Region (AR) respectively. Laureates of the Award are first amongst their peers in inspiring and paving the way forward for the next generation of leaders. The Award recognises an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom, and under her leadership, the contribution of her newspaper to society.

Who is eligible?

Eligible nominees must live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa for the African Women in News Editorial Leadership Award and the Arab Region (AR) for the AR Women in News Editorial Leadership Award. She must work at a recognised media house (in print or online) AND: 

- Be based in the sub-Saharan region of Africa or the Arab Region.
- Hold a senior editorial role as of 1 January 2020.
- Work in a news media role (newspapers, magazines and digital-only).
- The media house can be any size from across the regions.

What are the criteria?

The Winner 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.

How will the awardees be chosen?

The Women in News Steering Committee will judge the awards along with two rotating judges, selected from the WAN-IFRA Community, will contribute to the awards selection. The WIN Steering Committee is made up of eminent news media leaders from sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab Region.

What will the Award Winners receive?

The 2020 recipients of the Women in News Leadership Award will be honoured during the WAN-IFRA News Media Congress in Zaragoza, Spain, 17-19 June 2020. The Winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend the World News Media Congress 2020, the premier global annual meeting of the world’s press.

Nominate a candidate

To nominate a candidate, please fill the application form in for sub-Saharan Africa in English here, for the Arab Region in English here, or in Arabic here.