Uganda Broadcasting Corporation journalist, Suzan Nawonga, has scooped the best Television Documentary award at the Gender Media Awards.
This was during Gender Media Awards officiated by Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, at hotel Africana in Kampala.
Making Gender Sensitive Reporting a Standard Journalistic Practice; was the theme for this year’s Gender Media Awards.
Dr. Jane Mpagi, the Director Gender at Ministry of Gender, while speaking at the event called upon media practitioners to desist from portraying women as sexual objects as this depicts a negative image to the female gender.
UBC’s Suzan Nawonga wins the best Television Documentary award at the Gender Media Awards. Congratulations Suzan. pic.twitter.com/DXsVtW976c
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She urged journalists to promote balanced news and avoid conventional reporting about women.
Women decried stereotypical portrayal of the female gender as sexual machines citing it as demeaning to women dignity.
Margaret Ssentamu, the Executive Director Uganda Women Media Association, said this is partly blamed on lack of media knowledge of gender issues calling for allocation of more time for women on political talk shows.
— UNFPA Uganda (@UNFPAUganda) August 23, 2017
Several journalists from radio, television and newspaper scooped awards in various categories including UBC’s Nawonga and Sarah Mawerere.
Nawonga joined Top TV in March 2013 as an intern. “I was then retained after I exhibited high skills and knowledge about journalism,” she told edge.ug.
She left Top TV in August 2014 and joined the Nile Avenue based media house (UBC TV) as a freelance journalist.
She started by covering the general field before being accredited to cover Parliament.
“I’m driven by passion, freelance determined to work and learn new ideas,” she said, adding, “However, I’m passionate about health.”
The annual Gender Media Awards is a brain child of dissemination Workshop of UN Women Commissioned Study on Gender media coverage of 2016 general elections.
One of the objectives conceived was motivating upcoming and practicing journalists in embracing gender sensitive writing as a standard journalistic practice.