Nelly Bassily | August 16, 2010
The fourth Gender and Media Summit will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October 2010. The summit will share best practices in creating a media that is more responsive to gender and diversity concerns. The main theme of the summit is Media, Diversity and Change: Taking Stock. The meeting takes place against the backdrop of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development that calls for gender parity within the media, as well as equal voice and fair treatment of women and men in editorial content by 2015.
The summit features the Southern African Gender and Media Awards. Journalists can submit work on the theme of the summit until 1700h, September 3. There are eight main categories, including community radio, radio, print and investigative journalism.
The criteria for the awards include:
• Gender balance of sources (voices)
• Awareness of differential impact on women and men
• Fairness in approach to issue
• Challenges stereotypes
• Simple, accessible, gender-sensitive language
• Use of gender-disaggregated data
Criteria for submissions:
• All work submitted must have been produced between 1 June 2008 and 31 July 2010
• Only individual submissions are allowed
• Each individual can make a maximum of three submissions in any category
• All submissions must be original
• Submissions may be in English, French, or Portuguese
• Only community media may submit in indigenous languages.
Winners in all categories will receive prize money and a trophy. They will also be invited to attend the Gender and Media Summit and Awards.
For more details about the Summit, the Awards, and for application forms, see: