ZAMBIA MEDIA WOMEN PROFILE
ZAMWA is a national media Association for women journalists from the print, electronic media and communication sectors formed in 1985 and registered under the Society’s Act as a non- profit organization.
ZAMWA’s primary assemblage is women and uses the media as a powerful tool to advance issues that affect them for social change and agendasetting.
ZAMWA employs ICT competences of its 300-plus members to give visibility to issues of concern to the society. The secretariat is run by a Co-ordinator, Programmes Officer, an Accountant and an Office Assistant.
ZAMWA’S CURRENT PROGRAMMES
- ZAMWA is currently engaged in South-South Media Women Exchange Programme under the auspices of Fredskorpset- Norway. The Programme involves 5 countries namely: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal and Zambia.
- ZAMWA is leading Advocacy and Media cluster of the Tisunge Ana Athu Akazi Coalition (TAAAC) on Sexual Violence against adolescent girls in schools. The coalition is comprised of eight Civil Society Organisations namely: PPAZ, CAMFED, YWCA, FAWEZA, ZNWLG, ZARD, WLSA and Population Council. The project is sponsored by UN Trust Fund to end Violence against women through Equality Now.
- ZAMWA is trains Journalists on How to report on Safe Abortion and its impact on Safe motherhood. The Project is sponsored by IPAS.
- ZAMWA is the current vice-chair of the Media Information Technical Sector Advisory Committee (MISTAC) of the Technical Education Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA).
- ZAMWA co-ordinates publicity activities for World Press Freedom Day commemorations.
- ZAMWA holds the Vice Presidency of the Media Liaison Committee, a consortium of Media bodies in Zambia. The Media Liaison Committee spearheads and advocates for Press Freedom.
- ZAMWA sits on Information, Education and Communications Committee of the technical working group of the National Aids Council (NAC) after the organisation undertook ZNAN Project on HIV and AIDS in 2007.
- ZAMWA sits on the National Action Plan on Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS technical committee.
- ZAMWA coordinated publicity activities for the 2007 International Women‘s Day where supplements in the print media, radio and television discussion programmes and a documentary, sponsored by UNFPA, were aired.
- The outreach programmes supported by the Zambia National Aids Network (ZNAN) were a great success. Under this programme, members assessed the impact of HIV and AIDS on women in rural areas of Lufwanyama in Copperbelt Province; Kapiri- mposhi in Central Province; Monze in Southern Province and Chipata in Eastern Province.
- ZAMWA ran a programme aimed at enhancing communication techniques and skills of female Members of Parliaments when dealing with their electorate.
- The FK-Norway that supports the exchange programme among women media associations in East and Central Africa
- The Zambia National Aids Network (ZNAN)
- Women in Law in Southern Africa (WLSA)
- The Project Management Association of Zambia (PMAZ)
- Press Association of Zambia (PAZA)
- Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) – Zambia
- Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ)
- Gender in Development Division (GIDD)
- Society for Senior Journalists in Zambia (SSJZ)
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- Catholic Media Services TV (CMS)
- Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
- Zambia National Women’s Lobby Group (ZNWLG)
- Equality Now
- Citizens Forum
- Partners Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia
- Zambia Association of Research and Development
- Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED)
- Forum for African Women Educationists of Zambia (FAWEZA)
- Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ)
- Press Freedom Committee of the Post