Quote This Woman+ Voices self-study programme
- By: Kathy Magrobi
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/quote-this-woman
At Quote This Woman+ (QW+), our motto is to ‘leave no voice behind’. We help create necessary diversity in who gets quoted in the South African media. We believe that a foundation of democracy is a free and representative press, so we strive to make that a reality in South Africa.
Part of our job is to curate a database of experts, and encourage journalists to use our experts in their stories. One of the biggest barriers we have found during this process is that experts do not feel comfortable being interviewed by the media. This is a vital part of the QW+ process, and so we have decided to create a Quote This Woman+ Voices self-study programme. Similar to a LinkedIn training programme, it will provide media training to our database members who feel they need to have a hand reached out to them as they step up to #OwnTheSpotlight.
A project like this could cost anywhere between R100 000 and R400 000, and in our capacity as an NPO, we cannot provide that amount of funding.
Our database is our biggest asset, and any donation makes it easier for us to share it, and ultimately allow us to carry on with the work we do to keep democracy alive, and ensure that marginalised voices are afforded space in the South African media.
We invite you to be a part of creating nuanced news,
Kathy and the QW+ team
- Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 12.13
- "Good work!" - Signild
- Aug 02, 2020 - R 211.50
- "Keep up the good work" - Alastair
- Jun 11, 2020 - R 525.00
- "Stay focussed" - Anon
- Apr 25, 2020 - USD $ 10.54
- "Strength and love! " - Jhm
- Apr 16, 2020 - R 100.00
- "Well done Kathy, good luck!" - Stephen
- Apr 10, 2020 - R 1 500.00
- "Quote This Woman+ is comprised of an incredible team amplifying women's voices far and wide during this pandemic despite limited resources, keep up the superb work" - Shakira Choonara
- Apr 10, 2020 - R 1 000.00
Keep up the good work" - Anonymous
- Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 10.64
- "Thank you for championing women's voices." - Tamara 0h
Quote This Woman+
When it comes to the news, a woman is interviewed or quoted as a media expert only once for every four times that a man is. This means that time and again, stories that impact women as much as they impact men, are discussed on news panels and reported in newspapers without women having a chance to voice their input. QW+ curates a database of woman experts, leaders, and agitators; and lobbies journalists and news producers to turn to this database first when looking for people to interview and quote for their stories.
We also call out gender bias in news reporting. We are a nonprofit, and we do not charge experts to be on our database, nor do we charge journalists to access it, as we believe in a level playing field that advantages all experts and all journalists equally. We rely on support from those who have the means to pay; and the belief in what we do, to keep us afloat and sustainable in times ahead.