In 2017 WMDF has had a number of collaborations including a Women in Arts: Passion vs the Profession dialogue session in partnership with Amagugu Heritage Trust. This meeting was held to locate women artists’ roles in the arts and culture sectors and how they can grow their passion in this field to high levels of professionalism and business ethics for the benefit of future artisans.
WMDF also partnered with Community Radio initiatives in the region to commemorate World Radio day focusing on the potential radios have to promote community based development. Five community radio initiatives took part in the public engagements. Find below some of the posters for activities the organization has engaged and collaborated in so far this year.
In 2013 WMDF held its first Female Journalists Network platform in partnership with the Sexual Rights Center (SRC) The meeting was used to launch activities of 16 days of Activism for 2013 and focused on Sexual Harassment of female journalists in the newsrooms and how newsrooms have become unsafe working spaces for female media practitioners. It also focused on how this compromises the fight against GBV using mainstream media platforms because some leaders of media houses are the perpetrators of abuse on female reporters who in turn have to cover these GBV issues.
In December 2010 and working with ZimRights and in commemoration of International Human Rights day WMDF held a 1 day training workshop on reporting women’s rights as human rights for female journalists. After noting a significant resistance to coverage of women’s rights advocacy issues in mainstream media , WMDF felt it necessary to start to present women’s rights as human rights in order for such to be recognized and covered without being shunned or categorized as radical “feminist” concepts.
In September 2014 WMDF collaborated with the Humanitarian Information Facility Center (HIFC) to host a Female Journalists Network themed “Breaking the glass ceiling in the Zimbabwean media” which focused on the barriers women journalists face in their rise to leadership positions in the media. The event was attended by female journalists from private & public media, freelancers and media students. (See Appendix iii for pictures and media article). Note that many of the media coverage we have received has been through one of our journalist members working in one of the media houses in Bulawayo.