As part of its 3rd anniversary celebrations, Her Zimbabwe will host its fourth Critical Conversation under the theme ‘Leading Women in Zimbabwe’s Media: Perspectives and Experiences. Through the topic, Her Zimbabwe intends to initiate a discussion on how far Zimbabwean women have come in media leadership and their current status and future.
The recent licensing of 8 new radio stations has been received by many as a positive move by the government to free the airwaves. This offers more opportunities for media practitioners in terms of employment and diversification into new sectors. However, are there equal opportunities available for men and women? and to what extent does the environment permit female journalists to reach their full potential?
The discussion also comes at a time when the Guardian has hired its first female editor-in-chief, an important feat for a media publication that has existed for almost 200 years. But are the times really changing, or are these minor victories in spaces that are still largely male-dominated?
Those are some of the important questions that will guide the discussion that will be led by some of the most influential women in the different sectors of the media as they share how they have worked their way into the industry and up the ladder to leadership positions they hold today.
Below is a brief profile of each speaker;
Makore is currently the Chief Executive Officer of AB Communications, a company that owns ZiFM Stereo and Mighty Movies. She has held this position since 2013. Makore has sat on various boards including the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, The Financial Gazette and Women’s University in Africa. Makore is not only a media practitioner but has ventured into media academia through working with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) as a lecturer. She is also credited for grooming a number of young presenters during her time with ZBC.
Matonhodze is a documentary photographer who is currently employed as the Multimedia Producer at News Day. She is also a Founding Director of Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers (ZAFP). She recently launched a solo photo exhibition documenting the lives of vendors in Zimbabwe. Matonhodze was nominated for the ZimRights Human Rights Journalist of the Year award for 2013.
Chakanyuka is one of the most celebrated female journalists. Having shown her talent on both television and radio, her career in the media industry spans over 20 years. Chakanyuka has acted in the popular series, ‘Studio 263’ and ‘Small House Saga’. Recently, she was awarded the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) Outstanding Radio Journalist of the year for 2015. She is currently employed by Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) radio station, Power FM. She has also worked with SFM.
Chikwanha is the Political Editor for the Daily News and has worked for both private and state media. She has also done advocacy work with the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), and has been one of the mentors for the Women Journalist Mentoring Programme facilitated by the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Seection. Chikwanha has won the Humanitarian Reporter of the Year award (2013) and was second runner-up for the Arts and Entertainment award in 2003 from the National Journalistic and Media Awards.
Since 2014, Her Zimbabwe has hosted three Critical Conversations that have facilitated the discussion of topics that are of great interest to its audience.
This discussion will take place from 3-5 pm at the Hypercube Hub in Belgravia, which is at 11 Phillips Avenue (off Second Street Extension). Below is a map to guide you.
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