Journalists Association in collaboration with The Gambia Press Union recently
conducted a five-day training of Gambian female journalists on freedom of
expression and gender.
The training programme is part of a project the Union is implementing with financial support for the US-based National Endowment Fund (NEF).
WJA president Sarjo Camara-Singateh said women journalists are faced with job insecurity in the newsroom, adequate skills compared to their male counterparts, low prospects of promotion and unacceptable levels of vulnerability to male bosses.
To fight those challenges, she believes positive changes must be applied as the inequalities and injustice that exists in newsrooms can only be addressed when people are accordingly informed about their rights. “Freedom of expression is an integral part of our daily operations as media workers and educators of the society,” she said.
Saikou Jammeh, secretary general of The Gambia Press Union (GPU) said supporting women journalists would help to strengthen the Union, saying the institution relies on its members and affiliated organization.
Participants at the training expressed delight with the exercise, while promising that it would greatly enhanced and developed their skills in the field.