Despite significant advances in the representation of women in the media in Africa, more efforts are needed to promote women's voices in the media, said the AFJO in a press release.
Citing the International Women's Media Foundation, AFJO noted that in 2011, only a third of journalists worldwide were women.
In Burundi, women are underrepresented in positions of decision-making
and under-represented at senior management levels in media and media
The Secretary General of the AFJO, Schola Bigaranya, recalled that
several challenges facing the media promotion of women's leadership,
were discussed at the first conference of networking Media Women held in
Bujumbura in June 2013, which was attended by delegates from the AFJO,
the Congolese Union of Women in Media (UCOFEM), the Rwandan Association
of Women in Media (ARFEM), the Group of Journalists for Peace Congo -
Brazzaville (GJP) and the Association of Professional Women
Communication Central African Republic (AFPC).
For Ms. Bigaranya, the difficulty of reconciling family life and working
life, the low representation of women in the media and the issue of
stereotypes, prejudices and perceptions, are the central issues.
Female Journalist Advocates for Rights
Bujumbura, Bujumbura, Burundi