The IFJ Lauds the FAJ and African Union backing to Africa UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has commended today the

Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and the African Union for committing to

support the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women in Africa.



campaign is about our lives and our societies; the media organisations should

empower the newsrooms and reporters who have been covering gender and gender

base violence”. Said Beth Costa, General Secretary of the IFJ.


The UN

Campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women  was launched in 2008

by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon and will end in

2015. The Africa UNiTE Campaign launched in 2010 rallied the IFJ and the FAJ to

support the Africa UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls.


“The election

of a Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the Chairperson of the African Union by

African Heads of States who are predominantly male is one of the most important

messages of our times, » said Mrs. Litha Musyimi-Ogana, Director of Women,

Gender and Development at the African Union Commission and co-chair of the



« The

African Union has found it worthwhile to break the glass ceiling and

demonstrate its determination to entrench gender equality and women’s

empowerment at the centre of  its political transformation..” She added.




Committee of the Africa UNiTE Campaign meeting closed today in Abuja, Nigeria

at ECOWAS headquarters reviewed the mid-term progress and adopted the work plan

of the Africa UNiTE Campaign. The IFJ and FAJ have stressed the commitment of

journalists’ organisations in tackling violence against women in Africa.


For more

information contact the IFJ: 221 33 867 95 86/87


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