Women Winners of African Union Agenda 2063 Media Awards

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Every year, during the annual African Women in Media (AWiM) conference, five women journalists have the opportunity to submit their story ideas according to certain categories established by the African Union. The African Union is a continental organization comprising 55 African countries.

Field for categories includes (i) Africa Digital Transformation Strategy: Positioning Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (related to Agenda 2063 Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa) and (ii) Africa Rebranding: Narratives and changing perceptions (related to Agenda 2063, Suction 7).

The women journalists selected as finalists were announced on December 9 at the AWiM conference held in Fez, Morocco. They showcased their motivation and creativity, with winners receiving cash grants of $3,000 each to support the production of detailed, evidence-based stories reflecting the progress and impact of Agenda 2063 implementation on the continent under each thematic area. . The stories are produced in at least two African Union languages.

Meet the Winners – Agenda 2063 Pitch Zone Awards 2022

Ms. Marie-Therese Nanlong (Nigeria) was selected as the winner in the category on the AU 2022 theme: The Year of Nutrition “Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: Strengthening of agri-food systems, health and social security”. protection systems for accelerating the development of human, social and economic capital”.

Ms. Nanlong’s story series will delve into how to scale up action to address the challenges of food scarcity and malnutrition and how regional and continental trade offer exponential potential for the continent to meet the food demands of all citizens. africans.

Ms. Elizabeth Angira (Kenya) won in the category of Promoting Efforts towards Economic and Financial Inclusion of African Women (Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063, AU Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy (GEWE) ); the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights). Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), and the Constitutive Act of the AU.

Ms. Angira’s story series will advocate for women’s rights and break the culture of harmful practices that continues to hinder the full realization of those rights. She will also challenge the implementation of policies and laws that safeguard those rights.

Ms. Melody Chikono (Zimbabwe) was selected as the winner in the category of Advancing Children’s Rights in Africa (Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063, African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children). Ms. Chikono’s story series will amplify children’s voices in defense of their rights. The series will also show the importance of promoting children’s rights so that the continent prepares their future, from which they can take advantage of the demographic dividend.

The African Union, through the Directorate of Information and Communication, has been supporting the media in various initiatives, such as the enactment of policies that protect access to information, the safety and well-being of journalists; and with capacity building initiatives to ensure that the African narrative and stories are told correctly by the people of the continent and in their own words. This is in line with the African Union’s vision of African-led African development.

Announcing the winners on behalf of Ms. Leslie Richer, Director of Information and Communication of the African Union, Wynne Musabayana, Head of Communication, reaffirmed the commitment of the African Union which is driven by the desire to ensure that the media is engage with the development of Africa from a position of knowledge perspective on the different key issues.

He explained, “with the funding received, each winner will have the means to produce relevant, evidence-based and timely content in the chosen format: content that delves into the issues to answer the famous five Ws and one H of journalism.”

Information has long been shown to be key to development. It allows citizens to make informed decisions, share experiences and learn lessons from each other. Journalists, being the information-providing go-between between institutions and their audiences, are therefore key actors in the development process.

She concluded, “We are encouraged by the presence of so many professional women journalists who are determined to make their mark by telling the many success stories, challenges and mitigation measures, as well as the concrete plans for a better future, that are being made by our heads of state and government and other politicians and decision makers, with the participation of the African public”.

Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola, Co-Founder and CEO of African Women in Media, reaffirmed Pitch Zone’s vision from its inception in 2017 as a platform to create opportunities for women journalists to produce the kind of stories that will earn them the level of visibility . they need for their career development.

“Our partnership with the African Union since 2019 to achieve this means that the winners get continental exposure while also contributing to the broader goal of changing the narrative of Africa. Our research shows that the allocation of resources and roles in newsrooms are often differentiated by gender, and we hope that the Pitch Zone Awards will continue to do their part to close this gap,” he said.

The African Union aims to speed up the integration process in order to play its rightful role in the global economy while addressing multifaceted social, economic and political issues within Africa. To ensure the achievement of its objectives, it has been collaborating in the strategic framework of its Agenda 2063.

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