Another batch of ten women journalism practitioners, drawn from Press Clubs scattered all over Tanzania, equally have had an opportunity of making a study tour of both Mwanza’s Sahara Media Group and Dar es Salaam – based IPP Media Group recently.
With a view to empowering them, particularly in matters pertaining to media news – rooms’ management and leadership, UTPC had organized the said one – day tour for them to be able to solely learn from their fellow women editors’ experiences and exchange responsibilities – related challenges with them, among other things.
Phase I tour for the first group of women journalists involving ten of them, also drawn from the regional Press Clubs. took place in April, 2017.
Divided into two groups of five journalists each, the one which visited IPP Media Media Group consisted of Elizabeth Faustine (Mwanza Press Club), Wezay Ally (Shinyanga Press Club), Hannerole Mrosso(Mbeya Press Club), Zuhura Mtatifikoro (Central Press Club) and Jaqueline Massawe (Media Club of Kilimanjaro).
On the other hand, Hellen Magabe (Mara Regional Press Club), Cecilia Jeremiah (Dar City Press Club), Jorida Faustine (Kagera Press Club), Rhoda Ezekiel (Kigoma Press Club) and Irene Temu (Katavi Press Club) all toured Sahara Media Group.
Briefing the visitors, Radio Free Africa editor, Ms Deborah Mpagama said many women journalists could not make a good leader because more time was committed to dealing with family issues.
For that very reason, she advised her fellows to fulfill as many obligations in accordance with a given comprehensive time table, considering that time spent can never be recovered on the one hand.
But on the other, she told them just to borrow a leaf from their experienced predecessors and challenged media owners to accord the women journalists with an enabling environment for the latter to have experience.
Additionally, Ms Deborah had attributed the women journalists’ difficulty in gaining ascendancy at work places over menfolk to negative attitudes of both the media owners and even some fellow womenfolk towards the aforesaid journalists.
Sources from the UTPC have hinted that one more study tour is to be organized sometime in 2018 as time allows (ends).