The FAJ Backs Africa UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women

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

Africa.”

 

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

in Africa.

 

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