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...]