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Female Journalist Advocates for Rights

Pat Robert  Larubi - 08/08/2014 14:16 CDT

Bujumbura, Bujumbura, Burundi

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 content.

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.