UN Women Accepting Entries for Gender Journalism Awards Competition

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Executive Director, UN Women

UN Women, the United Nations agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, is partnering with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and other organizations to promote and recognize excellence in media reporting of the work of feminist movements in East and southern African countries. The other organizations in the partnership are the African Women Leaders’ Network (Tanzania and Malawi Chapters); the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA); The Association of Women in Media (Malawi); and the MISA Chapters in Tanzania and Malawi.

The competition supports and motivates young journalists to specialize in gender reporting.

Five categories are open for entries and journalists must enter their best story in each category. The categories are: the women’s rights activism and leadership; protection of civic space for feminist action and movement building; intergenerational partnerships for consensus building and succession; feminist movements and financing for a gender equal future; and technology and innovation for gender equality.

Interested applicants must submit stories that demonstrate knowledge of the subject area, understanding the scope of the category, and have a gender-lens approach to reporting (gender-responsive), possess great journalism ability, creativity, innovation and integrity and that can write with clarity, simplicity for ease of communication, and demonstrate analytical skills, depth, and an impressive investment in research and have background knowledge of the Generation Equality and ongoing events locally, regionally and globally.

There are 15 prizes up for grabs with a total of three prizes to be awarded in each category. Winning Entries will be announced at a ceremony in November 2021.

The competition is open to professional journalists and freelance journalists, who are at least 18 years of age and working in East and Southern Africa for media organizations that are based in the region (East and Southern Africa) that print publications and electronic news for dissemination in the region as the primary target audience.

Journalists are not required to pay any fee to enter the competition. Entries should have been published between May 20 and October 15, 2021, which is the deadline for entry.

Late and lost entries, illegible or fraudulent entries or acts or any other entries or acts which bring or would be likely to bring the reputation of the organizers into disrepute shall render the entrant ineligible to participate in the competition and will be disqualified.

Deadline for submission of entries is October 15, 2021.

For more information and to apply, please go to: https://africa.unwomen.org/en/news-and-events/stories/2021/05/announcement—media-awards