Women journalists seek equal opportunities, safety for female gender

Posted by News Express | 2 July 2021 | 265 times

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•NAWOJ National President Ladi Bala



The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ on Thursday advocated for equal access to opportunity to women achieve equity and gender balance in the society.

The National President of NAWOJ, Mrs. Ladi Bala, made the call in her opening remarks at a three-day workshop on Gender-Sensitive reporting for female journalists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital.

The NAWOJ President noted that female journalists were often exposed to danger and intimidated in the cause of carrying out their lawful duties of rendering an accurate account of happenings in the society.

She explained that the association has prioritised the capacity enhancement of its members to equip them to perform the duties more effectively to enthrone a better Nigeria.

Bala said that NAWOJ remains committed to a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria built on the principle of equity and fairness to all citizens and advocated for the improvement in the security architecture in the county.

She applauded the federal government for the appointment of new service chiefs in response to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians adding that women journalists have embarked on prayer sessions to tackle the security challenges facing the country.

“We are committed to a peaceful and united country. We cannot even contemplate another war because it will simply destabilise the entire African continent, we already have internally displaced persons amongst us, so where do we go ?

“We have in addition to mounting pressures of the federal government called our members to embark on prayers and we are impressed at the efforts by the federal government in addressing the security challenges and we are hopeful that God is answering our prayers,” Bala said.

In her welcome remarks, Mrs. Maria Olodi-Osuma, Chairperson of Bayelsa chapter of NAWOJ commended the national executive of the association for prioritising training of female journalists in Bayelsa.

She urged the participants to avail themselves of the opportunities presented by the workshop to improve their skills and competencies.

Also speaking, Mrs Jane Yaweh, Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa Ministry of Information advised female journalists to take their motherly roles seriously and embrace humility to ensure peace and stability in their families as well as involve God in the work.

She said that her experience had shown that humility and Godliness pays off in the long run.

In his remarks at the workshop, Mr. Emeka Okpalla, General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority, Yenagoa urged women journalists to change the attitude of most women who often brought disrepute to the female gender.

“I am a firm believer in the capacity of women and we have several good examples like Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Margaret Ekpo, Prof Dora Akunyili but these examples remain in the minority.

“I urge you women journalists to use your profession to get majority of women to emulate these shining examples because the country would be a better place if we have good women in strategic places,” Okpala said.

Also speaking, Mr. Samuel Numonengi, Chairman of Bayelsa Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, commended the association for training which he described as fundamental to journalism practice.

Source: News Express

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