2017 UN Women Africa Capacity Building Training for African Journalists

Entries are now been submitted for the 2017 UN Women Africa Capacity Building Training for African Journalists   interested journalists  are hereby encouraged to apply for its capacity building training on “Gender Responsive Story Telling and Documenting Stories of Success”.All entries must be submitted before the stated deadline and eligibility criteria is of the essence.

About the Award: The project, African Women Changing the Narrative is courtesy of a three-year grant from the Austrian Development Cooperation. It aims to highlight the contribution by African women to development through their leadership capacities and their central role in the design of innovative approaches to development. It provides a platform for the mobilization of a movement towards a revised and positive narrative from and about African women. It is also used as a platform for inspiration and information sharing of stories of impact by and for women. Consequently, the virtual platform is a brand for “Changing the Narrative” and provides a source of information and a tool for knowledge management to advance the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The first journalist training was organized by UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) Liaison to the African Union and the African Union Office of the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security under the theme, “Gender-Responsive Reporting in Conflict, Post-Conflict and Fragile settings in Africa” on 18 and 19 October 2016, followed by African Union Peace and Security Council Open Session on the “Role of the media in promoting Women, Peace and Security” on 20 October 2016. The workshop brought together journalists, editors, reporters and bloggers who cover conflict-affected areas in Africa, representing both traditional and new media, including print, audio-visual and electronic media. It also targeted media practitioners who work for Pan-African, regional and national media outlets and organisations with influential reach and key audiences.

The proposed training workshop and practical engagement aim to promote gender-sensitive reporting, positive storytelling that accurately portrays African women in a positive way rather than as victims and subordinate in society.

A key element of this area will also be to popularize and populate the UN Women Platform “African Women Changing the Narrative” to key media to use it as a resource as well as to contribute content for the platform

Application Deadline: 20th July, 2017

Eligible Countries: African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania


Type: Workshops/Conferences


• Journalists working in all forms of media like broadcast, print, web, radio, video, and photo journalism may apply.
• Only journalists who are from and based in Africa are eligible.
• Applicants can be either full-time journalists or freelancers with a minimum of five years’experience.
• Experience in reporting on women’s issues is essential for the workshop.
• Having already published articles on the positive contribution of women, or changed narratives Personal motivation for reporting on the importance of Changed narratives and commitment to continue working.
• Ability to travel for the full duration of the workshop.

Selection: All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Only successful applicants will be notified by email by End of July, 2017.

Number of Awards: 15

Value of Award: 

  • The training workshop will begin with a 2 day of theoretical discussion and then a two days reporting engagement where participants will have the opportunity and access to several women leaders whereby they use the skills they learnt to produce stories of changed narratives for the project website http://awctn.unwomen.org/en
  • UN Women arranges travel and in-country logistics for 15 participants.

Duration of Program: 8-11 August, 2017

How to Apply: Applicants can send their CV together with the articles applicants published and a letter of motivation indicating the following:

• What is applicant’s motivation for participating in the training workshop? How does it relate to their work?
• What kind of stories are planning to publish after the workshop?
• What is applicant’s basic knowledge on changed narratives on African women?
• Do applicants have their own camera or Smartphone that applicants can bring?
Applicants can send their applications at the address helen.yosef@unwomen.org on or before the application deadline

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: UN Women Africa



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