By Our Reporter:
As the media fraternity commemorates the World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Plan International Malawi (PIM) has contributed MK2.2 million to the Media Institute of Southern Africa Malawi Chapter (MISA Malawi).
Out of the amount, MK1.5 million is up for grabs for winners in the Girl Child and Women’s Rights Award category of MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards.
PIM contribution covers online, print and electronic categories with a winner in each category pocketing half a million kwacha.
Speaking during the symbolic handover at Mtolankhani House in Lilongwe on Wednesday, PIM’s Communications and Campaigns Manager Rogers Siula said it is exciting to witness an improvement in the way the media in Malawi has reported on issues of girl child and women’s rights in the past year.
“We are impressed with increased media coverage of women and children’s right since the introduction of the awards catering for this category last year. We have seen more analytical and investigative pieces that have translated general conversations into practical actions by duty bearers and relevant stakeholders, more so in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
PIM continues to recognize the key role the media plays in the development of the country and in upholding human rights. We wish journalists all the best as they commemorate this year’s World Press Freedom Day,” said Siula.
In her remarks, MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga said MISA Malawi appreciates technical and financial support that Plan International Malawi continues to provide to the media in Malawi.
“We are glad that Plan International Malawi came to encourage girls and women rights reporting. This agreement has created willingness and passion in reporting issues about girls and women. MISA Malawi is impressed with the fruits of this partnership,” Ndanga said.
Last year, PIM and MISA Malawi signed a 3-year pack where the former will sponsor Media Awards for high impact stories on girl child and women’s rights.
Maiden winners for the PIM sponsored Girl Child and Women’s Rights category were Dumbani Mzale of Nation Publications Limited with the article ‘Saved from jaws of a heartless uncle: A sad tale of Alefa’; Wanangwa Chafulumira of Times Group with a report on ‘Mwanza early marriages’; and Chisomo Ngulube of Kulinji.com with the article ‘Do women stand a chance in Malawi’s tripartite elections.’