IWD: Media Foundation salutes women’s tenacity in Journalism

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna


As the World celebrates the 2019 International Women Day, a Non Governmental Organisation, Africa Media Development Foundation AMDF, identifies with the struggles and contributions of women in all walks of life particularly in journalism profession.

According to the Foundation’s Coordinator, Sekyen Dadik, the theme “Balance for Better” captures the reality of carrying everybody along without gender bias for a better society.

The Coordinator added that “the balance does not perceive only women’s issue but a necessary tool to guide and stimulate continuous collective action towards a gender balanced society; an essential ingredient for economies and communities to grow.

AMDF as a media development organisation, salutes the doggedness of women in the media especially African media where women continue to rise not just as presenters, broadcasters but as field reporters, investigative reporters and Editors.

“As we consider the theme Balance for Better, AMDF looks forward to a media where women have equal opportunities to serve as News Room Managers and Media Executives”.

Dadik noted that the growing International women’s movement which has been strengthened by four global United Nation women’s conferences, has helped made the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s right and participation in the political and economic arenas.

“The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men”.

“For a balanced and better society, AMDF joins the race for a gender-balanced government, boardroom, media coverage, and most significantly gender-balanced media management”.