By Staff Reporter
INFORMATION and Publicity Minister Monica Mutsvangwa (pictured) has revealed plans by government to incentivise women to take up journalism in what could see women become the majority in the male dominated profession.
She said this while addressing Senators during the upper house’s question and answer session this past week.
Asked by Zanu PF Senator Alice Chimbudzi what government had in store to “encourage women and children that are in higher and tertiary education to pursue journalism as an area of study”, Mutsvangwa said this fell within government’s broader objectives to bring about gender equity.
“One of the mandates of the Ministry of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services is to ensure that what is contained in the Constitution of Zimbabwe that talks about gender equity is important,” she said.
“We want to see a situation where women become the majority in terms of journalists, editors and media house owners. So we are constantly encouraging each other to adhere with the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe and that clearly came out during our discussions on how best we can come up with a fund to incentivise women so that they can take up journalism and that there is a balance between males and females in the media.”
The journalism profession is regarded as too unfriendly for women especially married ones as it involves one often working late and frequent travelling.
Most Zimbabwean women who start off as journalists later abandon the profession to join other organisations as public relations officers leaving the editorial rungs of the job in the hands of men.