Women In News in Full Swing

Women in News (WIN), a groundbreaking initiative from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that helps female media professionals advance their careers, will see participants from Zambia, Namibia and Botswana meet in Johannesburg, South Africa, next week as the programme reaches its half-way point.

“The WIN programme is an initiative that helps instill confidence and strengthen the position of women in media organisations,” said Yvonne Pele, Editor of The Education Post in Zambia and a participating mentor in the programme. “This is a programme that one would like to see spread to other African countries, knowing very well that there are a lot of women that wish to excel in their careers and are faced with similar problems.”

The WIN programme combines training in management and leadership skills, mentoring, panel discussions, networking and one-on-one coaching through multiple national and programme-wide gatherings held throughout a six-month period. WIN has a specific focus on creating and promoting local connections among participants to complement input from international trainers and coaches. This approach helps ensure that it is locally driven and largely self-sustainable; an approach that is consistent with WAN-IFRA’s overall media development strategy. [Read more...]

WAN-IFRA Launches “Women In News” Initiative

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) today launched Women in News (WIN), an initiative to help women in middle management in southern African news media to advance their careers.

Eighteen media professionals from Botswana, Namibia and Zambia were meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa Thursday and Friday (1-2 July) for the start of a six-month programme of events that include panel discussions, one-on-one coaching, training sessions and personal mentoring.

The goal of the project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), is to help women media professionals, who are under-represented in top management positions, to excel in their careers. This is the first phase of a multi-year project, which will expand in scope and be brought to other countries in Africa in 2011. [Read more...]

Women In News is an “Opportunity of a Lifetime”

Emelda LibangaWAN-IFRA’s Women In News (WIN) programme enjoyed its official launch in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 1 and 2 July. The long awaited event, made possible by the funding of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), brought together 14 participants, representing media women from Botswana, Namibia and Zambia; two international career coaches; four national mentors; advisors and organisers to meet, network, and kick off the six-month programme with lively discussions, one-on-one coaching sessions, a newspaper tour, a management workshop, and more.
One Zambian participant, who will also be actively involved in the remaining six WIN gatherings, is Emelda Libanga, a sub-editor of the state-owned Zambian Daily Mail (pictured). WAN-IFRA spoke with Emelda about what drew her to a career in the media and what has attracted her to the WIN programme. [Read more...]