Introduction  |  Eligibility  |  Categories and Forms  |  Targets  |  Deadlines  | Criteria  |  Rules  | Selection process  | Queries

Categories and Forms

Please click on the category name to fill in the online form.

Category: Print application form
Category: Photojournalism application form

Category: TV application form  Category: Radio application form

Category: Institutional application form
Category: Media Leadership form


UN Women is undertaking a media engagement initiative in Tanzania under the project, Acceleration of Gender-responsive Sustainable Development Goals localisation. This initiative builds upon previous UN Women efforts and catalyses existing relationships between UN Women and media in Tanzania. This project involves key phases that include media monitoring, capacity strengthening and mentorship, development of a gender sensitive reporting handbook and a gender and media summit. Lessons from this media engagement pilot effort in Tanzania will be shared with UN Women country and regional offices for replicability, adaptation and peer-to-peer learning in the form of an Advocacy Briefcase. The media engagement will also be linked to the Flagship Programme “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” to synergize and amplify efforts around advocacy for gender statistics and gender data.


The summit aims to:

  • Critically analyse  progress  made  in  the  country  on  enhancing  gender  equality  in  and through the media,
  • Propose ways  in  which  the  media  in  the  country  can  champion  the SDGs especially Goal 5 
  • Recognise and affirm gender sensitive media practise in editorial content and institutional practice.
  • Launch the Gender and media handbook.

Gender and Media Summit 2018

Against this backdrop, UN Women will convene a Gender and Media Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 22-24 August 2018. This will be a platform to highlight gender-aware media practices in the coverage of SDGs.

The awards are in the fields of gender and media leadership, institutional practice, as well as in-depth Print, Radio, and Television publications and production. The summit will also witness the launch of the Reporting SDG 5 Handbook being developed by UNWOMEN and its technical partner, Gender Links.

The summit will recognise journalists who have demonstrated a commitment to covering gender equality and SDG stories, challenging stereotypes and promoting positive portrayal of women in the media.

The two and a half day summit will include plenary discussions on gender equality in the media and ICTs with editors, media managers and media house owners, gender and media activists, media trainers as well as civil society organisations. The topics of discussion in the summit will include, gender equality and women’s empowerment in newsrooms; gender and media training, gender, media and ICTs and empowerment of women, gender policies and legislation. The agenda will also focus on powerful networking designed to forge strong relationships amongst the media in Tanzania.

Journalists will also share best practices in creating a media that is more responsive to gender equality and women’s empowerment in parallel sessions for each category of the summit entries. Media institutions who are mainstreaming gender equality in their institutional practices will also showcase their efforts at the Summit.

The Summit will feature an awards night, in which outstanding gender equality coverage within the context of the SDGs in all mediums (print, radio, broadcast) will be recognised. The UN Women Executive Director is invited to attend.  The Tanzania government including the Ministry of Information have also expressed keen interest. The presence of high-level dignitaries will encourage the journalists who are working on creating a new gender sensitive media landscape in Tanzania.


Category Description Target
Print/Online The print feature article that demonstrates the greatest gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment Newspaper and Online journalists
Photo journalism The photograph and caption that demonstrates the greatest gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment Photojournalists
Television The TV documentary/ programme/talk show that demonstrates the greatest gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment TV journalists, hosts and producers
Radio content The radio documentary/talk show that demonstrates the greatest gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality Radio journalists, hosts and producers
Institutional The media house that has made the greatest effort to reorient media policies, practices and capacity towards balanced and fair portrayal of gender issues and empowering women in the media house Media houses – public, private and community.
Leadership The media leader who has shown, through tangible actions, exceptional commitment to gender transformation in his or her newsroom Media editors/managers/ owners/ Gender Focal Persons


These will be adjudicated according to a standard set of criteria by a distinguished panel within each country. The process is summarised below:

Call for awards 5 July To be circulated extensively through all networks and media in Tanzania
Submission of entries 6 August Late submissions and or those that do not adhere to the guidelines set out below will not be considered.
Pre-summit judging 13-17 August Distinguished and experienced panels advised by a technical team at Gender Links from the partner organizations, working from a standard set of criteria.
Gender and media awards 22-24 August To be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Criteria for the entries

  • All stories must be published in print newspapers, online, radio or television
  • All artefacts submitted, whether print, TV or radio, must be in-depth, multi-source, documentaries, feature stories that demonstrate journalistic rigour.
  • Short news items will not be considered.
  • Written pieces, published on-line or in printed form, or both will generally be approximately 1000 to 3000 words, accompanied by appropriate, captioned images.
  • Radio and TV programmes will generally be 10 to 30 minutes long, taking the form of either investigative pieces or thought-provoking panel discussions that include audience participation.
  • Entries may be in English or Ki Swahili
  • Entries in indigenous languages will need to be translated, or have sub-titles in the above languages.
  • The entries should have been published/broadcast between 1 July 2017 and 6 August 2018.
  • For media leadership entries one can self-nominate or be nominated by others
  • The person submitting must certify that this is their original work. Plagiarism of any kind will result in immediate disqualification of the entry.

Criteria for gender aware reporting

  • Gender balance of sources (voices).
  • Awareness of differential impact on women and men.
  • Fairness in approach to issue:
    • No double standards.
    • No moralising.
    • No open prejudice.
    • No ridicule.
    • No placing of blame.
  • Challenges stereotypes.
  • Impact of story
  • Follow up
  • Simple, accessible gender sensitive language.
  • Use of gender disaggregated data.

Submission rules

  • All submissions must be made on-line using the online forms. If for any reason you are unable to submit your application on-line, please contact for assistance.
  • The application forms should contain full contact details of the entrant, including passport-sized photograph, physical address, telephone and, e-mail address.
  • For each entry, you will need to fill in the online form and upload the actual artefacts or supporting evidence as stipulated in the application.
  • Any files above 50 MB must be provided as a URL to the production or should be uploaded in drop box, and instructions sent to the summit administrators on

Selection process

Experts in the field will screen entries according to a standard set of criteria before the summit takes place. Successful entrants will then automatically enter for the summit. At the summit, entrants will present their best practises to a set of judges in the stream they entered. The awards ceremony will be on 24 August 2018.


For more information about the summit please contact Gladness Munuo on 00255786285701.