Women in Journalism

Angela Jimu
Photographer
Angela Jimu is a Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer based in Harare Zimbabwe. Angela enjoys telling stories of everyday people in their environments as they try and make a living. Recently, she was working as a Visual and Audio consultant for Votewatch263, a website that solely focused on the 2018 Zimbabwean elections. Angela has also worked as a journalist for The Citizen Newspaper in South Africa and The Zimbabwe Mail. She is a founding Director of the Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers that promotes the work of female photographers and encourages professionalism. Angela was a speaker at the 2018 World Press Photo awards in Amsterdam where she made a presentation on issues photographers face in Zimbabwe. She is a Chevening Scholarship alumni and holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Management from the University of Westminster in England.
Bathabile Dlamini
Video Documenting
Bathabile Dlamini is an appreciable person with good communication skills. She has 9 - year experience in acting, theatre facilitation, 2 years of video documenting. She has experience in television and communal hosting skills gained through cultural ambassadorial role with Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) - an academic and cultural exchange program. She has received international, national and provincial excellence awards which include: receiving the National Arts Merit Award for outstanding theatre actress (2014), Best student mobile story teller (2015) and for best Provincial documentary on sexual exploitation of minors (2017). Bathabile is also a vivacious, goal oriented founder of Student Run Networks (an online on – campus TV and radio project).
Vimbai Beritah Chinembiri
Reporter
Vimbai is a writer and social media manager for This Is Africa operating under RNW. She is an associate reporter for Global Press Journal and works from her home in Gwanda town. A former radio news anchor, she is the VMCZ media professional for the year 2017 and is studying towards her Masters in Journalism & Media studies at NUST. Her interests are maternal and children's health, SRHR and economic development of youth.
Fortune Dlamini-Moyo
Journalist
Fortune Dlamini-Moyo is a journalist with over 5 years experience in the print media. She also has 2 years experience working with non-governmental organisations. She believes women can make it in the journalism field just like in any other field. She currently works with Global Press.
Nomthunzi Mpofu
Nomthunzi Mpofu is an avid reader and writer with a passion for women. Her background and experience while working at Lupane Women's Centre, Jewel Magazine and working on brands such as Profam deepened her desire to shed light on the factors affecting women. Having worked in both the corporate and humanitarian sector she believes we exist in a world where women are seen but not heard and that needs to change. This has fuelled her passion for writting about women's issues and representing those deemed voiceless. Nomthunzi is currently working on her first book.
Shamiso Chigonde
Shamiso Chigonde is a journalist who studied Journalism and Media with Association of Business Managers and Administrators ABMA (UK). Since 2015 she has been working as a radio presenter at YaFM, a regional commercial station in Zishavane. Shamiso is passionate about writing with particular interest on Women's issues and HIV/AIDS. She enjoys writing both fiction and non-fiction pieces. Her all time favourite novel is Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembwa. She believes every woman is born with a super power which she shouldn't abuse. Follow her on Twitter @ShamisoChigonde

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.