What is win?

Women in News works to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. It does so through targeted capacity building actions to develop media leaders, combined with a partnership-driven approach to advocacy that aims to sensitise and mobilise the industry on gender equality.

WAN-IFRA believes that gender equality and media freedom are intrinsically linked: it is not possible to attain true media freedom without also attaining equality of voices and representation in the media. It was on this foundation that Women in News was first piloted in 2010 in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Seven years on, Women in News has expanded to 12 countries throughout Africa and the Middle East, and now receives more than €1,000,000 in funding annually.

So far WAN-IFRA has partnered with more than 80 media organisations from 12 countries across Africa and the Middle East to promote women’s leadership and voices in the news. This number grows year over year. WIN is currently active in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe (WIN Africa) as well as Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (WIN MENA).

WIN Capacity Building: Breaking through barriers

Per year, a total of 50 mid-to-senior level editors or senior journalists from Sub-Saharan Africa, and 30 mid-to-senior level editors or senior journalists from MENA may apply to join Women in News to progress their newsroom management, leadership and editorial skills. Women in News adopts a unique approach to capacity building, emphasising mentoring, coaching and networking in addition to traditional skills development. Reducing gender bias in the news, creating a culture of mentoring, and supporting positive social change are key thematic focus areas of the programme. WAN-IFRA encourages all WIN graduates to stay connected with WIN through the quarterly local events held in each country, creating extended professional and personal networks both national and regionally

Successful applicants to Women in News benefit from:

  • 1- Certified media management training
  • 2- One-on-one Coaching to create the 3-to-5 year career roadmap
  • 3- Facilitated group mentoring
  • 4- Mentoring to future leaders from within participants’ local communities
  • 5- Media exchanges
  • 6- Mentoring with leading global editors
  • 7- Networking opportunities through national and regional events
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WIN Advocacy: Industry-led Solutions

Change cannot happen in a vacuum. It is for this reason that WAN-IFRA engages with chief editors, publishers and CEOs to educate and sensitise top management on the gender gap in newsroom leadership and overcoming gender bias in the news. We also provide practical tools and resources that can be applied within newsrooms.

Women in News advocacy activities include:

  • 1- Roundtables with top management within media to sensitise the industry
  • 2- Practical handbooks or online tools on best practices in gender equality, reducing gender bias in the news, and safety
  • 3- Regional Leadership Awards to recognise outstanding women editors
  • 4- WIN forums at WAN-IFRA global events
  • 5- Gender diversity best practice resource e-centre
  • 6- Managing for Diversity Webinar Series

The Women in News Steering Committee – made up of leading editors and publishers from countries from WIN markets – provides guidance and support to WIN Capacity Building and Advocacy activities.

Women in News is operated by WAN-IFRA , the leading association for the world’s press, with combined support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency(Sida) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. WAN-IFRA runs Somali WIN in partnership with Fojo Media Institute and International Media Support.

For more information contact Melanie Walker (melanie.walker@wan-ifra.org)