NAWOJ Urges Women Journalists To Be More Proactive
From Msughshima Andrew, Makurdi
The National Vice Chairperson, Zone D, Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Hajia Jamila Abubakar has called on women journalists natiin wide to be more proactive in reporting issues affecting women.
She made the statement, Tuesday, in Makurdi while inaugurating the Newly elected Exco of the Benue State Chapter of NAWOJ.
She stressed the need for women to be at the forefront of women advocacy initiatives for the achievement of gender mainstreaming.
She also called for women to be recognised especially in governance by giving them more leadership opportunities to enable them use their leadership abilities to contribute to nation development.
She also urged journalists to adequately report gender issues such as female genital mutilation, domestic violence as well as cases of violence against children, particularly the girl-child.
She said that the media, whose primary responsibility is to educate, inform and enlighten the public, should be maximally utilised to eradicate violence against children in the country.
“We, as professionals, should use our communication tools to inform, sensitise and educate the public properly.
Abubakar sought for more participation of Members of NAWOJ in capacity building programmes.
She also encouraged more women participation in higher political posts within and outside the Association.
Speaking on behalf of the elected executives, Mrs Ruth Biam, Chairperson of NAWOJ Benue Chapter commended the National Executive for their support, assistance and attention given to the state chapter.
Biam promised to use her office and all forms of communicatuon to intensify efforts in ensuring that every child, especially the girl-child, was educated.
According to her, any girl-child who is educated will be an independent and self-sustaining adult, thereby eradicating poverty from the society.
The state NUJ Chairman, Comrade David Ukuma all urged female journalists to join the Union in fighting quackery to take the union to enviable heights.
Ukuma who was represented by his Secretary, Moses Akahan, commended NAWOJ for a peaceful, free and free election.