‘Reporting Sensitively on Harmful Practices’ Media Challenge

#FrontlineEndingFGM presents the ten talented journalists and winners to the Media Competition: ‘Reporting Sensitively on Harmful Practices’.

This Media challenge, organized by the African Union, Spotlight Initiative, UNFPA, and The Global Media Campaign to End FGM, followed the capacity-building training workshop held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in August 2023.

Media capacity-building workshop held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in August 2023.

Congratulations to all the participants in this competition. Read on to see the winning entries: 


Dominic Kamau Maichuhie

For their article on the experience of a young woman’s struggles with FGM, child marriage, childbirth and illness, published in the Daily Nation newspaper, Kenya.

Dominic Kamau Maichuhie‘s article published in ‘Daily Nation’


Seydou Diatta

For their film on a victim of female genital mutilation, broadcasted on Senegal TV. The full video can be viewed in full from the article linked above.

Sierra Leone

Alpha Kamara & Jonathan Omaru

For their article on a family demanding justice from an FGM practitioner, a special for UNFPA -UNICEF Joint Program on the Elimination of FGM published in October 2023. The full article was published in the Calabash Newspaper.


Mayram Boaha

For her film entitled ‘Mutilating your Daughter Means making her Suffer for Life‘. This was published on Radio Télévision de Djibouti (RTD).


Annie Zulu

For her three stories concerning women with disabilities who have been sexually assaulted, published in the AfricaBrief in December 2022.

Annie Zulus article published in ‘The AfricaBrief’.


Sukulwenkosi Dube

For their story on a victim of child marriage who sadly died from labour complications. This article was published in The Chronicle on the 2nd October 2023.


Chimwemwe Simpito

For their article broadcasted on Walamo Radio 98.3 FM on the 20th November 2023. The topic was concerning how economic insecurity is putting more girls at risk of child marriage.


Joseph Kizza

For his article on involving men in the campaign to end female genital mutilation. This was published in New Vision on the 31st October 2023.

Joseph Kizzas article published in ‘New Vision’.

Democratic Republic Congo (DRC)

Ruth Omar

For their documentary investigating sexual violence in the Congo. This was released by the BBC in October 2022.

Sierra Leone

Lucy-Ann Ganda

For her video on the work of grassroots organisations to fight the practice of female genital mutilation, published on national television in Sierra Leone.

Congratulations to the winners for bringing media attention to these topics. To find out more about each story, click the image to discover the full story.

Participants in ‘Reporting Sensitively on Harmful Practices’ Media Challenge’.