Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

NAWOJ charges female journalists to be proactive

The National Vice Chairperson, Zone D, Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Hajia Jamila Abubakar, has called on women journalists nation-wide to be more proactive in reporting issues affecting women.

She made the call in Makurdi while inaugurating the newly elected exco of the Benue state chapter of NAWOJ.

Abubakar stressed the need for women to be at the forefront of women advocacy initiatives for the achievement of gender mainstreaming and 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.

“We, as professionals, should use our communication tools to inform, sensitise and educate the public properly,” she said.

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 communication to intensify efforts in ensuring that every child, especially the girl-child, was educated.

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