Muchinguri is Njama guest of honour

HARARE - Oppah Muchinguri, Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development minister,  will be guest of honour at the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists’ (Zuj) National Journalism And Media Awards (Njama) dinner gala set for October 17 in Harare, the unions’ secretary general Foster Dongozi has said.

This year’s awards would run under the theme: “Women Make News” which Dongozi said made Muchinguri a natural choice given her ministerial portfolio and her history in the realisation of equality and women’s rights.

“The theme was inspired by several of our programmes which seek to redress different problems that we are faced with in the media such as discrimination based on gender, sexual harassment and the absence of women’s voices in many media  products such as stories and documentaries,” Dongozi said.

“The theme seeks to ensure that issues to do with gender inequality, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and women empowerment stay topical within the media and thus can be addressed and dealt with for the good of our media industry and the nation in general.”

In 2012, the Zuj  along with its sister union, the Norwegian Union of Journalists (Nuj) and the Federation of African Media Women in Zimbabwe (FAMWZ) launched a campaign against sexual harassment in the newsrooms at a Press Freedom Day commemoration at which  the then minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Olivia Muchena was the invited guest of honour. Since then, Dongozi said, the union has embarked on several  programmes that support the  initiative.

Dongozi said preparations for the Njama dinner gala were at an advanced stage amid indications that the glittering event would be fun-filled with popular comedian, Uncle Ritchie of the Zvirikumbofamba sei? fame providing entertainment.

“We are working hard to ensure that the Njama brand continues to remain ahead of the pack by making sure it becomes a ‘must attended’ for the country’s movers and shakers in media, labour, business, industry, politics, sport and entertainment,” said Dongozi.

He paid tribute to Njama’s traditional and new sponsors who he said continued to have faith and support for the awards and the union despite economic challenges.

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