Gender, media award winners honoured
Four awards were taken by Zimbabweans, two by South African, and Swaziland and Seychelles each grabbed one.
The competition was highly contested compared to the last summit of 2004 with 187 entries from 13 submissions. 108 female journalists and 79 male journalists entered submissions in 11 categories.
In the first category of Print (News, Features, Opinion and Commentary) Virginia Muwanigwa from Zimbabwe scooped the best print news award.
The features award went to Kanya Ndaki from South Africa, while Nonhlanhla Mkhize, also from South Africa, grabbed the opinion and commentary award.
Edwin Naidu from South Africa was the award winner of best practices in economic reporting.
To recognise best practices in sustained reporting on a particular issue, Phyllis Kachere from Zimbabwe was awarded for her reporting on forced marriages of young girls. Nomahlubi Matiwane from Swaziland won in the HIV/AIDS best practices category.
The best Photojournalism award went to Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.
The category of Radio saw Zanele Buthelezi a South African broadcaster from SABC scoop the features award.
The Talk Show award went to Seychelles, won by Gervis Henrie.
The television category (News and feature) saw Sandy McCowen walking away with the News award for her report on male rape while the features award went to Tsisti Dangarembga from Zimbabwe.
Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA) Chief Executive Officer Kubi Rama said she was happy that this year’s gender and media awards were heavily contested because then it showed that the organisation was growing.
She congratulated all the winners and encouraged those who did not win not to give up but continue to write gender articles that might help bring gender equality in the region.