Minister of Information and ICT Frank Tumwebaze has called upon Ugandan journalists to always consider gender balance in their reporting as one of the ways of closing the gap of gender inequality.
“Journalists at least should ensure that whenever they are reporting about a prominent male individual, they show that he is a husband to so-and-so,” tipped the minister.
Tumwebaze made the call while representing the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga at the first Gender Media Awards organized by Uganda Media Women’s Association (UMWA) at Hotel Africana, Kampala.
In her message delivered by the minister, Kadaga pledged continued support to all activities aimed at uplifting Women’s standards.
She revealed that parliament has set up a policy whereby all ministries must present a gender certificate before their budget is passed.
At this ceremony, various media practitioners where awarded for promotion of Gender sensitive reporting.
Among those recognized was Chimpreports, Newvision, The Daily monitor, Red pepper and the Observer.
Suzan Nawonga from Uganda Broad casting cooperation (UBC) Television won the best Television Documentary, Diana Kibuuka from CBS FM won the best Radio Documentary Award, and Benjamin Jumbe from KFM won the best Radio feature story.
NBS Television, NTV and Bukedde Television were also awarded for their distinguished services.
The Executive Director for UMWA Margaret Masagazi at the event revealed that these awards are part of the Association’s efforts to appreciate people who have participated in promotion of gender equality reporting by giving both and women equal coverage opportunities .
“Gender sensitive reporting is mistaken for merely writing stories about women,” she clarified.
Masagazi also revealed plans for more of such awards once the funds become available