Many of our women in media have for long been judged not on their qualifications and experience or rather their ability, they have been subjected to a lot of unfair and unjustified criticism, the usual stereotypes that go along with some men in media not willing to work under a woman manager.
Very few women are editors of our local newspapers, except for a couple of progressive media houses such as the Zimbabwean Independent which appointed veteran female scribe Faith Zaba becoming the first woman to assume the editorship post and she did not stagnate now she is the Editor of NewsDay and Zimpapers’s Ms Victoria Ruzvidzo, Ms Susan Makore CEO of ABC Communications, Happiness Zengeni and Tendai Madondo-MD of Hevoi FM, these women should be saluted.
Women in media should not get used to men criticising them, instead they should stand up to these bullies. Most of these women in media are seasoned journalists who have risen through the ranks in the industry in order to get to where they are now.
It is important to celebrate the deserved achievements of a new generation of Zimbabwean women in media. Zimbabwe committed itself to work towards gender quality, and the small big steps being seen in the media must be encouraged. When there is justification for professional criticism, the problem should be tackled without gender bias.
Excerpts from an article by Abigail Gamanya, National Director
Gender and Media Connect
Published in thev Zimbabwe Independent on October 24, 2019
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