Women in Media conference a success

The founder of the Women in Media Conference, sports journalist Limba Mupetami, says the inaugural conference on 1 May 2021 exceeded her expectations.

14 May 2021 | Others

The conference was a pre-Press Freedom Day celebration which looked to establish a strong network among Namibian women working in the media and attracted women from various local media houses.

The overarching purpose of the conference was to help positively impact the way the media function in relation to women, with the aim to assist women in media to have more access to representation, content and opportunities within the industry.

“We achieved the intended purpose. We wanted a room full of women to share stories on our challenges as well as our wins. We wanted to lay a foundation were young women coming into the industry can feel free to ask for help and feel comfortable and confident with the work they do.

“Truly, we live in remarkable times, where how media content is produced and consumed has changed. We want to keep up with this change.”

Mupetami said the event will be bigger and better next year.

“We want more corporates on board to assist us in making this a memorable event every year. We want to also establish a think tank group which will help in organising the event,” added Mupetami.

Co-founder Jemima Beukes said the overwhelming interest from other women journalists and media workers was proof that there is a need for this kind of initiative.

“Very often, we just complain about our working conditions and don't attempt to do things to improve our environment. At the end of the day, I believe when women get up there they must do all they can to pull up the women that are just starting out,” she said.

A journalist from Southern Times, Sharon Kavhu, who was one of the guest speakers at the conference, said the event was inspiring.

“It was one of those events which bring out the best in people. It was a platform to network. Even after the event, people are networking, sharing opportunities and empowering one another.

“I'm even getting calls from people who want to work with me on projects, so really it opened opportunities,” said Kavhu.

Nedbank was the main sponsor of the event. Other sponsors included Old Mutual and Interpack.

For more information regarding the Women in Media Conference, please contact event organiser, Limba Mupetami, at [email protected]

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