Women Journalists Call for Solidarity to Overcome Inequality in African Media

Leading women journalists in Africa

called for solidarity among journalists, men and women, to effect a durable

change and achieve greater fairness in the profession. The call was made during

the second day of the All African Conference on Gender and Equality in Media

taking place in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

 

The main challenges which were debated include sexual harassment, the lack of transparency in news room and the

pay gap among men and women journalists. Participants urged women journalist to

improve communication by sharing experience and best practices to drive the

change which is likely to do away with the inequality.

"The fight for gender equality

requires solidarity among men and women journalists and the role of unions is

essential to achieving this goal," said Mounia  Belafia, Vice President of the IFJ Gender

Council. " The best way of achieving progress is by sharing the best practices

from our different societies."

The conference was urged to initiate

plans for immediate redress to the current situation as change in media takes a

long time , in line with other social changes.

"There is a need to identify

mechanisms through which change can happen and stand the test of time," said

Khady Cisse, General Secretary of West African Journalists' Association (WAJA)

and member of the IFJ Executive Committee.

The FAJ Council submitted a draft

Gender Policy and Action Plan to the conference for discussion and adoption on the last day of the conference.  

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