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Gambia establishes African women sports reporters union

Apr 30, 2010, 4:17 PM

African Women Sports Reporters Union for The Gambia was on Wednesday April 28th 2010, established by the country's core women sports writers.

The Gambia chapter is headed by Ms. Sainabou Kujabi, Head of Sports at the The Point Newspaper and General Secretary of the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia, and Rohey Bittaye, of Today Newspaper as Vice-President.

Forroya's Isatou Bittaye was elected Secretary-General and will be assisted by Fatou Saho of Sports Digest.

Fatou Nasso and Mama Faal of the West Coast Radio were elected Treasurer and Public Relations Officer, respectively while Tombong Jadama has been co-opted as an adviser.

The Union which is answerable to the African Women Sports Reporters, will operate under the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia, is set on promoting female reporters in the African continent.

It also seeks to increase prominence and women participation in sports.

The new President of the AWUSRA - The Gambia Ms. Sainabou Kujabi said the establishment of the body is part of a call by the continental body, who are in contact with the women reporters in the country to form this body.

She is of the belief that a big task awaits the maiden organisation which has so far only ten active women sports writers.

"We need to advocate and promote the need for young women to take up sports reporting as a career.  We have to promote all women, as well as male sports in the country," she concluded.