33 women journalists meet in Johannesburg for WIN’s Media Management Training

Article by: Christine Nguku

“The Media Management Training opened my eyes to see that women, myself included, limit themselves and hardly ever get to use their full capacities at work and at home”. These are the words of Juliet Makwama, an Assistant News Editor at Millenium Radio in Zambia, at the close of a five-day Media Management training in Johannesburg, South Africa. She said she came expecting to learn something about managing the news team she supervises back home, but got much more than that. The first module presented by Paula Fray on the first day, demonstrated to participants the obvious positions women take unconsciously at the work place, which limit their professional growth and advancement. Juliet said the module was a realization that women think in a limited way, and always seek validation, reassurance and support from male counterparts for decisions they make at the work place, and in life.

“I will not allow being female limit my career development prospects. I will do everything possible to change the way I do things as a professional, socially, at family level and community level. I know I can make a positive contribution to society. I will never accept to be put down because I am a woman”, Juliet vowed.

Sellina Khonje on her part was excited to discover that she can crack the numbers and interpret a balance sheet into simple terms after the Finance module during the training.

“I can do maths, I can look at a balance sheet and understand what the numbers mean. It is not that hard, I can do it”, Sellina said confidently.

Being a Chief Producer at Times Group in Malawi, Sellina says the Media Management Training has given her lots more useful skills than she had imagined. She adds that she realized that there were many activities she was involved in at the workplace which she didn’t know were directly Finance or Human Resource or even Marketing, despite having the job description of a Producer.

“With this knowledge, nobody is going to mess with my budgets and my account statements for the programmes I am in-charge of ”, she declared. When she returns home Sellina intends to make a short presentation to her supervisors and her news team about some of the modules of the training, as a way of displaying her newly acquired skills and to let everyone know that she can be a reference point at a new level.

Juliet and Sellina are among 33 media women in the Women In News (WIN) programme, who have just concluded their first Media Management Training in Johannesburg, South Africa, under the Wits University.

The Management training brings together women from six African countries, namely Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya.

The women will attend the second Media Management Training later this year before they are awarded management certificates.

الاجتماع الوطني الأول في رام الله: مناقشة الوضع الحالي للإعلاميات الفلسطينيات

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 .كجزء من نشاطات برنامج النساء في الأخبار للمنظمة العالمية للصحف وناشري الأنباء (وان-ايفرا) وبمناسبة اليوم العالمي للمرأة، تم تنظيم الاجتماع الوطني الأول في فلسطين يوم 7 آذار 2017 في رام الله

.اجتمع إعلاميون تنفيذيون وممثلون عن مؤسسات إعلامية مرموقة وصحافيون في فندق غراند بارك في رام الله لمناقشة الوضع الحالي للإعلاميات الفلسطينيات وللتعرف الى برنامج النساء في الأخبار ونشاطاته

:تمت مناقشة الوقائع والتحديات التالية

.تمثل الصحفيات 17% من نسبة المنتسبين لنقابة الصحافيين، وهذا التمثيل العدد لا ينعكس في مواقع قيادة النقابة -

.جهاز الإحصاء المركزي بين أن الصحفيات العاملات هن 25% من العدد الكلي لمن يعملون في الصحافة- ولكن هذا الرقم غير واقعي -

.لا زالت الصحفيات يواجهن سياسة تمييز في العمل -

.قدرة امرأة واحدة على تغيير سياسة وكالة، تبقى محدودة إن لم يتم دعمها بسياسات وقوانين -

.تواجه الصحفية المستقلة تحديات مجتمعية وسياسية لكي تصل لمواقع صنع القرار -

بالتالي، تم تحديد قائمة توصيات لتحسين وضع الصحافيات داخل غرف الأخبار. توافق المجتمعون على حاجة اعتماد كوتا في نقابة الصحافيين لا تقل عن 35% في الأمانة العامة للنقابة وكل الهيئات المنبثقة عنها، رقابة أماكن عمل الصحفيات والتأكيد أن المؤسسات الإعلامية تلتزم بالحد الأدنى للأجور، دعم وتطوير الصحفيات عبر التدريبات و التركيز على صورة المرأة في الإعلام وتطويرها

Over a 100 Media Executives attend Women in News Roundtable in Gaza

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As part of Women in News Program of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and its continuous activities, a round-table took place in Gaza, Palestine earlier this month on March 12, 2017.

More than  120 media executives, media houses’ representatives and journalists gathered at the Light House restaurant in Gaza to discuss the situation of women in Palestinian newsrooms, more specifically in Gaza, and discuss the current challenges female journalists are facing in the media industry.

The following facts and challenges female journalists in Gaza face were listed during the discussion:

  • Due to the current situation in Gaza, there are not enough job opportunities for female journalists.
  • Most media organizations are affiliated to political parties. Therefore, they prefer hiring individuals who are members of these parties.
  • The support of the private sector is very limited.
  • A large number of journalists are not full time employees, they rather work occasionally depending on events.
  • Training opportunities available for journalists in international organizations are very limited due to the siege.

Consequently, a list of recommendations was agreed on to improve the situation of women in Gaza’s newsrooms. Attendees confirmed the need to encourage journalists to attend trainings, to inspire media organizations to collaborate with civil society actors to find more job opportunities for female journalists, to create and develop the private sector’s media platforms, to encourage journalists to unify their media discourse, set priorities of needs and creative ideas and suggest solutions.