The first winners of the I.P.P.W.S Media Awards for Excellence in Gender-Sensitive Election Reporting in Samoa were congratulated on Tuesday night in Apia.
Three of the awards including the “Most Outstanding News Outlet” award were won by the Samoa Observer. The other awards went to Talamua Media and Radio 2AP.
The awards were launched last February to promote and celebrate examples of balanced media coverage, promoting gender equality and women’s leadership in decision-making.
The competition was composed of entrants who submitted their pieces for consideration in the broadcast and print categories, both from individual and media outlets, published from 1 November 2015 to 20 March 2016.
“The aim of the I.P.P.W.S Media Awards is to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts made by reporters during the General Elections,” said the U.N Resident Coordinator, Lizbeth Cullity.
“Media played a critical role in challenging stereotypes, shaping public perceptions and improving the public’s understanding of women’s political participation. The initiative also promotes best journalism practices in the long-term.”
Professor Fui Asofou So'o, NUS Vice-Chancellor, congratulated the winners with Aleta Miller, Regional Representative of UN Women in the Pacific speaking about the important role played by the media in the I.P.P.W.S.
The Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (I.P.P.W.S) is a joint programme between UN Women and U.N.D.P, in partnership with the government of Samoa and the Australian government.
Here are some more photos from the night.