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AWC Reporters Win ICT Awards

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Two African Woman and Child Features service reporters have won first prizes in the 2004 African Information Society Initiative (AISI) Media Awards for reporting on Gender and Information, Communication and Technologies (ICTs).
Rosemary Okello is the first prize winner in the AISI- OSIWA (Open Society for Initiative for Western Africa) Best Female Reporter category for her story: Yes to ICTs, but fit them to our practical needs.

While Arthur Okwemba is the first prize winner in the Reporting ICT Research and Innovation category for his story: African Women Virtually Excluded.

Both stories were published in the WSIS A-gender magazine, which was part of the Terra Viva, a newspaper published during the recent World Summit for Sustainable Development held Geneva, Switzerland.

The awards are specifically based within the framework of the AISI, which is Economic Commission for Africa’s programme on promoting ICT for Development in Africa.

The ICT awards were introduced in 2003 to encourage informed coverage of the information society and ICT for development issues in Africa as part of the Economic Commission for Africa’s Information Society Outreach and Communication Programme.

They are funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the International Institute for Communication and Development, OSIWA and the GTZ.

The award ceremony will take place on 16th September 2004 at the Highway Africa Conference scheduled to take place in Grahamstown, South Africa.

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