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women are special.

Imagine a world with no women, no sound or face of women present. What kind of a world can that be? Women are special indeed. They provide for their homes, care for their families and provide solutions too to the society even though they are not given a voice to be heard. Life without a woman could have been boring indeed. But some people do not admire the strength of a woman.

In most work places women come third to men in most things. For example, positions, trainings,empowerment, earnings, women are given less despite their qualifications. But for a man, whether he does not have the right qualifications for the job, they still get the position no matter what.

This is what is bothering women journalists in most countries. Women in the media do not get higher positions and opportunities to attend trainings become very slim. Female journalists are regarded as secondary in most decision making positions. The more we try to fight for our rights, the more we are taken as rude and not being professional. But, what needs to be done is to empower women journalist about their rights at workplaces so that they stand up and take up their positions.

Empowerment on women in the media is very important so that they discharge their duties properly without being afraid of anything. Yes, women in the media are there but the problem is that they are not fully empowered,do not have a voice to speak for their rights. Women journalists need help.
sibongile

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Jasmine Linabary's picture

Next steps

Sibongile,

Thank you so much for your post. I agree with you that empowerment is needed, but my question is - how? How can we empower female journalists? What will it take? Will it take getting women into management? Changes within workplaces, attitudes, cultural norms? Mentorship and encouragement?

I'm curious to know what you all think is needed and what the solutions are.

Jasmine

sibongile zgambo's picture

REPLY-WOMEN EMPOWERMENT.

Well, i feel women journalists can be empowered if they are given the right tools for their work through trainings,so that they know their rights to life and work . Training helps one to improve further . Things like culture, mentor-ship and encouragement are needed most among female journalists, Without mentor-ship, encouragement the road can not be easy at all. In my country, there are a few ladies in high positions of editors,managers among female journalists.

Only a few ladies are in high positions as well, but there is a lot that needs to be done in terms of training.The more they get trained on empowerment, they more they will fight for their rights and rise above. Lack of training is one area that is making women not to be fully appreciated in workplaces because they are taken as less educated, less empowered and have less knowledge on their work. I do insists that female journalists in my country need more training on empowerment and their role as journalists. How about in your country,how is it like, you've asked me about Malawi. Let me here from your side as well.
sibongile.

Jasmine Linabary's picture

Reply - Women empowerment

Sibongile,

What kind of training do journalists in your country get right now? I think what you say about this need to train women, particularly in their rights and empowerment, very intriguing. Do you think that kind of training would be well received?

What I find troubling in my country (the United States) is that women here have been the majority of journalism majors in colleges since the late 1970s and have been entering the profession in the same numbers as men. However, women are exiting the field in higher numbers than men, so the numbers are still low. Sometimes I think the biggest problem is the assumption that women have "arrived" in journalism -- that there aren't any problems any more. After all, a woman was just named as the executive editor of The New York Times for the first time. The issue with that mindset is that it's just not true. There are still clearly many issues for female journalists in the U.S., whether or not they are acknowledged. They are just less overt than they used to be. As a result, I think drawing attention to the issues and building awareness of the problems is a key step toward solutions.

Jasmine

Stella Paul's picture

Hows it in Malawi?

Dear Sibo

I always feel that the best thing about WP is that here we can give each other information that is otherwise impossible to get. I am very happy that you started this post which can really turn into a wonderful thread of conversation on an issue that is really close to my heart.

Yes, women always have a raw deal in media. In my country women are often seen unfit to do political and sports stories. A woman is hardly ever invited to a panel discussion on these two issues.

Hows is in your country? Which are the areas where there are hardly any women journalists? I hope you will provide some insight into that.

Much love!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

sibongile zgambo's picture

Stella

Thanks for your comment. The topic on female journalists and empowerment is a good topic that i feel we should share and help each other to improve things in our countries. To begin with, in Malawi at the moment there are a few women journalists in leadership positions of editors or managers. Cultural values are some of the things that are making women to sidelined.

Most African countries, believe that women can not lead but they are supposed to be followers of any decision making,whether in work-places or not. If both men and women ca be sensitized on the dangers of harmful cultural practices at home and workplace,then the women could be more respected and be empowered fully. Well,for female journalists in Malawi i can say it's not that good at all. Very few ladies are in high positions regardless of their qualifications.

The culture in Malawi that men are superior that women is killing and destroying the right of most female journalists. Yes this time around we have some few women in high positions they are no many as compared to men who are holding high positions. The area's of managers, editors,directors,Malawi has a few ladies in such positions.
sibongile.

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