Women Radio 91.7 is set to host the maiden edition of ‘The ReportHer Awards’, a gender-balanced award in recognition of media organisations and journalists who report and give prime time to women-related issues.
The ReportHer Awards is an initiative of Women Radio 91.7 in partnership with Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism with support from UNWomen and the Government of Canada.
Toun Okewale Sonaiya, CEO Women Radio 91.7, said the media remains the most powerful tool in shaping public perception and only the media can make the public perceive women more by giving adequate media coverage, using more women as sources, analysts, guests and giving them primetime as their male counterparts.
Okewale Sonaiya stated that “while we thank the media for the efforts made so far in reporting women, we should aim for a 50:50 balance reportage by deliberately making women an integral part of editorials and features”.
She added that, the ReportHer Awards will allow for the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the media that were deliberate and intentional in reporting Women.
In a press release issued by Elizabeth Aboh, Communications Officer at Women Radio 91.7, the awards will hold on 8 July 2023 at Radisson Blu, Lagos, Nigeria.
The statement reads in part that “the award which will select winners in 5 Categories of Television, Radio, Print, Digital and a Journalist, seeks to recognise the representation of women, address the need for objective and gender-sensitive reporting and encourage gender-balanced reportage which is essential to nation building.”
It also noted that a total number of 104 entries were received and are currently being assessed by a panel of 4 independent judges.