By AJENda correspondent
The international NGO African Women in Media (AWiM) plans to hold its 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda, on the topic of “Media and Violence”.
Information about the event can be found at AWiM2023 Conference – AWiM 2023 Conference (africanwomeninmedia.com).
The organization, which brings together African women working in media around the world, has also launched AWiMLearning, which offers capacity building for female journalists in the form of self-paced online training courses on the gender angle in reporting various issues that face Africa and the continent at large.
The courses are aimed at equipping journalists with the skills and knowledge for gender responsive storytelling, which is an approach usually missing in mainstream media pedagogy. The courses are therefore designed to help media professionals, students, and advocates create media that is more inclusive, equitable, and responsive to the needs and perspectives of diverse communities.
The courses cover a range of themes, including:
- Understanding the role of gender in media representation
- Identifying and challenging harmful stereotypes and biases
- Solutions Journalism approaches to reporting.
- Amplifying the voices of marginalized communities
- Engaging audiences in critical reflection and dialogue
Led by expert facilitators and supported by a vibrant community of learners, the gender responsive media courses offer a flexible and accessible learning experience for journalists at all career levels. Journalists, media producers, students, and activists will find an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to create media that is truly transformative, says AWiM.
The organization also offers in-depth training and editorial fellowships, through www.awimlearning.com and www.awimnews.com, and offers a database of African experts that can be used by journalists across the content, www.sourceher.com.
According to AWiM, the group’s vision is that one day, women of African heritage will have equal access to representation and opportunities in media industries and media content. Founded as a Facebook group in 2016, members are African women in diverse media backgrounds, from factual to fictional content, marketing & communications, academia, entrepreneurship, and more.
The group’s website is at African Women In Media – African Women In Media/