Achievement of women in the construction sector_ Zimpapers_ August 2016


Date: August 1, 2016
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Name of the story: Achievement of women in the construction sector

Name of the media house: Zimpapers

Country: Zimbabwe

Synopsis

Brief description of the item of work you submitted and motivation of why it is a good example of gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality Post-2015.

The article that was published in my column on entrepreneurship highlighted the achievement of a particular woman in the construction sector, which is rarely favoured, by women. The aim was to inspire other women that there are no barriers in business and women against gender stereotypes can successfully take up any sector.

It also depicts how women do not necessarily have to be given special preference to make the cut in life, but even on equal footing, women can make it in cutthroat business sectors like the construction sector. Her example also inspires women that were affected during the liberation war in Zimbabwe and deprived of education only to pick up books after independence to make something for themselves.

Her story as a comrade during the liberation war, an academic post-independence and a fearless businessperson is a remarkable story that of gender awareness that also advances gender equality.

Background

Why did you produce the story? What problem or context is it responding to?

I produced the story in my column on entrepreneurship that seeks to promote entrepreneurship among youths given the high unemployment in Zimbabwe. Many youths are accustomed to being employees but in my column, I encourage innovation and building dreams thus look for inspirational personalities that have life stories that can inspire youths. Nancy Saungweme in my story was meant to inspire the girl child and women in general that barriers are in the head and socially constructed. Gender roles were constructed and individuals are breaking the social constructs, which becomes the role of the media in exposing those individuals and highlighting their achievements and challenges to drive gender equality.

Key objectives

What did you hope to achieve with this coverage?

I hoped to reach out to youths in general and to women that the sky is the limit when it comes to building dreams. War could not stop the profiled woman and social constructs on gender could not stop her. If she could do it then any other determined woman can.

Target audience

Whom did you hope to reach? Did you succeed in reaching this audience? What evidence do you have to that effect?

The article had several reviews and some individuals posted the link on various social media. I wanted to reach out to youths and I think I reached out given that it was posted on Facebook by some youths.

How did you go about researching and writing the story?

How did you gather the data, how many sources, female and male did you consult? Why did you choose these sources and how were their voices important?

I do background checks from various sources that acknowledged her achievements as the right person to interview. Sources such as the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce that is the chamber for business people and local businesspeople that can attest to her work were my primary sources

Feedback

What impact did it have? What evidence do you have to illustrate impact?

I just saw some of the reviews and some of the likes on the link that was posted on Facebook by someone. Apart from that cannot really tell on the impact.

Follow up

How would you conduct a follow up to your story and why?

A follow up would be to tweet the story and create discussions for people to debate on. The issue raised and highlighted are important in the continuous campaign to drive gender equality.