The awards were presented yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya at a function on the sidelines of the FEMNET General Conference that fights for the rights of women.
The awards were presented in five categories regarding the fight against gender based violence, which also included categories on environment, women leadership, economic rights and health and reproductive rights.
The contest involved a total of 389 reporters from 17 African countries out of whom 15 scooped first, second and third awards.
The conference’s coordinator from FEMNET, Rachel Kagoiya, said the conference was for two days – October 12 to 14 where a total of 100 participants met physically while the rest did so via video conference due to Covid-19 considerations.
“I think members from Tanzania, including Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) members participate in efforts in defence of the rights of women and 12-year old girls,” she said.
She added that they presented the prizes for the first time in order to identify journalists doing good work by writing on challenges facing women.
She said the conference was identified by the title – “Pan African Women, Gender and Women Rights Activists.”