Group urges women Journalists on peace advocacy

By Rafat Salami, Dakar

President of the Federation of African Journalists, Waheed Odusile (M) telling Women Journalists to champion peace in Africa

Women journalists in Africa have been challenged to be advocates and champions of peace.

The President of the Federation of African Journalists, FAJ, Waheed Odusile said this at the opening of a five-day Gender Equality and Safety workshop for female journalists in Dakar, Senegal.

Odusile who is also the president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, said “there is a resurgence of hate speeches across the continent and especially in Nigeria and these are precursors of violence. “

“Women, especially women journalists should be at the vanguard of promoting peace on the continent.  This is because women are better peace advocates. If hate speeches are allowed to continue, society will be threatened,” he said.

The President of the Senegalese Journalists Union, Ibrahim Ndiaye said “issues of gender equality and conflict are important to Africa’s socio-political environment, which is prone to violence”.

He said when women are at the vanguard of promoting peace, more mileage is achieved.

Training program
The ‘Training of Trainers: Safety and equality training for women journalists/photographers, is a joint project of the Norwegian Union of Journalists and FAJ, with support from the International Federation of Journalists IFJ.

Fifteen African female journalists drawn from Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya and Liberia, are attending the workshop from June 29 to July 4.

The female journalists are being trained on “Understanding Gender Equity “Accepting Differences and Dealing with Discrimination; Journalists Rights and Gender Safety.“

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