Gender Media Awards Launched Amid Caution to Journalists

The Minister for General Duties Mary Karooro Okurut has warned journalists against publishing stories that are aimed at degrading women’s status in the public, ampoule thereby advising them to ensure they produce balanced stories that uplift women’s standards.

The minister was Friday speaking at the launch of the first ever Gender Media Awards, which are being organized by the Uganda Media Women’s Association (UMWA), at Imperial Royale in Kampala.

The awards event is aimed at appreciating gender sensitive media personnel, and at the same time encourage those degrading and ignoring women in their stories to change.

The minister said at the launch, “Most of the media outlets in the country today are quite unfair to women, when you look at our newspapers content and the material broadcast on both radios and television.

“I was shocked one time when I watched a young boy and a girl dancing bend over together on one of our Television stations; I engaged the manager and he told me that they were trying to get the viewers’ attention,” said the minister.

Speaking at the event, The Executive Director of UMWA Margaret Sentamu revealed that one
of the reasons for organizing the awards was to reward the people who have worked hard in bridging the gender gaps in their reporting.

“We are working hard to ensure that Gender sensitive reporting training is introduced in all media training institutes as well as more gender training to all practicing journalists. At the same time we are working hard on bringing and maintain more women in the journalism field” added Masagazi.

These Awards have different categories that include Best News story, Best Feature story, Best Specialized Report, Best Photograph and Best Cartoon on the side of Print Media.


For Radio there is a category for Best New story, Best feature story and Best Documentary whereas for the Television there is Best New story, Best Feature story, Best Documentary and Best Visual or Image

According to Masagazi, there is going to be a panel of experts who are following up various
media houses in Uganda to choose the best media houses with the best reporting on Gender related issues.

Entries opened on 1st October 2016 to all journalists whose stories were published between the period of September 2016 up to those February 2017.

Participants can pick the forms on the UMWA website http;//

The Award ceremony will be held in May 2017 at the venue to be communicated.

The winners will walk away cash prizes, paid up Holiday trips, Commemorative Plaques and certificates.

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