A foot for thought

Women achievements in Media around the world

Anna Nimiriano Editor in Chief Juba Monitor

It is a pleasure for me to say few words on women who gave their times to work in the field of journalism in this country, Africa and the world at large. It is no easy for female to do field work in a country that has severe conflicts in the world. But through determination they have been able to manage it and succeed in their daily plan.

Women in South Sudan as well as in Africa and the world are trying their best to work in the professionalism. In the process of doing the work, there are some institutions working for the welfare of female journalists, promoting them in terms of capacity building and awarding the best journalists around the world. Such institutions are many in Africa and the world.

 One of these institutions is IWMF which awards journalists every year in media industry. Last year I was one of those awarded around the world.

One of This year winners is Jessikka Aro.  She is an investigative reporter working for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. She specializes in Russia extremism and information warfare.

Second was Yakeen Bido, Broadcast journalist, she spent her early years in Idleb moving between her hometown and Latakia during the onset of Syrian war in 2011. She reported on political, military and humanitarian issues enduring violent interrogations, smear campaigns and multiple arrests.

Thirdly, is Gulchehra Hoja who began reporting for Xinjiang TV, pressure to promote the Communist Party led her to Radio Free Asia (RFA), which offered the only autonomous Uighur-language news outside of China.

Fourthly is Solafa Magdy a multimedia reporter based in Cairo, Egypt. Her news reports and features have covered the political transition and social unrest in Egypt, minority rights, women’s rights, education, human rights, refugees and sexual harassment in Egyptian society.

 An expert in mobile journalism, she is the founder of Everyday Footage, a school that trains young women journalists and researchers in mobile reporting.

At the United Nations, Solafa is keen to follow discussions of human rights – particularly, freedom of speech and protections for journalists – as well as initiatives to eradicate poverty and reduce plastic waste.

Fifthly is Susan Goldberg, she is Editor in Chief of National Geographic and Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners. As Editorial Director, she leads all journalism across platforms, including digital journalism, magazines, podcasts, maps, newsletters and others.

Sixth is Yamiche Alcindor, she is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police national political reporter for The New York Times where she covered the presidential campaigns of Mr. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders as well as Congress. She also wrote about the impact of President Donald Trump’s policies on working class people and people of color.

Seventh is Christiane Amanpour, a CNN’s Chief International anchor and host of the network’s award-winning. She is based in the network’s London bureau. She led correspondent on international crisis in the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Palestinian territories, Iran, Sudan, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Egypt and Libya.

These female journalists were awarded this year by IWMF based on their capabilities as mentioned above.

Female journalists in South Sudan should do the same if they work harder despite the condition they are in.

IWMF yesterday was conducting ceremony for the winners to encourage others to do the same.  I know the situation in South Sudan but that cannot prevent women to perform their work. All of us are to encourage female in this profession so that the number of female journalists should increase in media industry.  Generally, female are doing very well in electronic media with few of them in print media who also need support.

May God bless us all. 

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