The Federation of African
Journalists (FAJ), the regional organisation of the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ), has today reaffirmed its commitment to support the UN Women
Campaign to End Violence Against Women in Africa.
“The campaign against
gender based violence is at the heart of our role in gender mainstreaming in
the societies that we belong to,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director,. “We
will contribute resources to gear our gender programmes towards
addressing the campaign to end violence against women.”
The Campaign ‘UNiTE to End
Violence Against Women’ was launched in 2008 by the Secretary-General of the
United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, calling on governments, civil societies, private
sector, media, and the UN system to combat violence against women and girls.
The Campaign is an inter-agency initiative bringing on board about 14 UN
agencies coordinated by UN Women and UNFPA.
The Africa UNiTE Campaign
was launched in 2010 under the auspices of the African Union and the UN
Economic Community for Africa (ECA). The IFJ and the FAJ joined the
campaign and agreed to support the Africa UNiTE Campaign to End Violence
Against Women and Girls during the All Africa Conference on Media and Gender in
August 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda.
“Our interest is very
clear; violence against women is endangering the safety of women journalists
and gender mainstreaming is our top priory both in the media industry and in
our communities,” said Omar Faruk Osman, President of FAJ. “We call on FAJ
members and working journalists to give attention to the Africa UNiTE Campaign
as it will leverage the contribution of female populations on development in
The continental steering
committee meeting of the Africa UNiTE Campaign meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, at
the ECOWAS headquarters is organised by the Africa UNiTE Secretariat and ECOWAS
Commission and gathers representatives of UN agencies , regional economic
communities, governments, and civil society organisations to deliberate on the
mid-term progress of the Africa UNiTE Campaign that is supposed to end in 2015.
Mr Baglo, who represented
FAJ in this regional Steering Committee meeting, stressed the total commitment
of the pan-African journalist federation in tackling the violence against women
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