Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) has released a statement

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) has released a statement on the suffering of Somalia women journalist during a debate held on 30th October 2018 at  Mogadishu, Somalia. The debate was around on how to increase the professional skills of female journalists who operate in the local media. The event brought together more than 20 female journalists in Mogadishu. The debate was facilitated by experts in journalism, attended leaders of independent Media organizations, Journalists, Lawyers and Civil Society Members. During the event, the chairperson of SOWJRA Leila Ad’ed Osman welcomed the participants and talked about SOWJRA’s efforts to increase the advocacy level of women journalists as well as contribute to the prevention of violations against women journalist.  Female Journalists from local media who participated in the debate have reported that there were many barriers for women’s journalism in the Somali media industry, commonly caused by the unequal opportunities of employment, skill trainings and this was due to exclusiveness in decision making process at their respective media institutions. Female Journalists have also added that in this technology era women journalists need to compete with the new modern technologies and to establish an opportunity for those who are interested in the media.  The events main purpose was to highlight major challenges of female journalist in the media sector and to bring solutions to their work related problems. Leila Ad’ed Osman, Chairlady of SOWJRA spoke about the importance and the key role women journalist play in the media industry in Somalia. She also requested the federal government to support and bring a lasting solutions to the major challenges that women journalist face as part of their career in the media.   Women’s journalists who attended the debate produced a joint press release after the meeting on the nature of the torture and the challenges they faced during their work, the following action points were taken into account: 1.      To stop gender based discrimination on the job and other sexual exploitation of young girls; women journalists in the media are sometimes banned from performing certain work, and only assigned in entertainment programs.  

 

2.      To keep an eye on women’s conditions when seeking jobs because they meet a lot of challenges, the need to find a job, with a vast majority of women who are professionally free and willing to join the media. 

3.      To improve equal job/training opportunities in the media environment for boys and girls and increase professional development of the female journalist in Somalia.

4.      To enhance networks and partnership, this is done through co-ordinate consultative forums/meetings amongst and between women journalist in the country. Actually, this will help them have one voice and jointly fight for their rights

5.      To promote women journalist’s participation in decision making. The Somali media environment does not make any job promotion for female journalist

  Finally, the Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) welcomes the local, national and international organizations who working on women related issue to support and take part for the empowerment of the female journalists in Somalia

 

 

A female journalist wounded during Al-Shabab attack at Naasahablood 2 Hotel in Mogadishu

Deeqo Cubeyd Mohamed a female journalist who was working for Radio Afgoye was injured during Al-Shabab attack at Naasahablood 2 Hotel in Mogadishu on 26th October 2017. She has been ill for a long time in her home village of Boondheere in Mogadishu. Unfortunately she did not receive any health services from the government or any other agencies, but there has been promises made and she is still waiting for medical assistance to improve her situation.  ‘I have requested a number of times from the government and media organizations to support me to be health again’’ She said.

 

During interview with Deko Cubeyd, the journalist reported that the left legs and the bones needed to grow from the lungs are becoming weaker, and she says that the medical doctors have informed me that my case cannot be solved here in the country so I need to be treated abroad.

 

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) which advocates for the rights of female journalists has paid a visit to Deko Cubeyd to inquire about her health situation and to raise funds as well as advocate for her case. Leila Aded, SOWJRA chairlady has presented funds which she collected from the members of Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A communiqué from the Somali women journalist rights association (SOWJRA) on the suffering of women journalists

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) has released a statement on the suffering of Somalia women journalist during a high profile event held on 24th December 2017 at SYL Hotel, Mogadishu, Somalia. The event brought together Members of Parliament, the Minister of Information and Tourism of the Federal Government of Somalia, Information Ministers of Federal Member States, and Leaders of an Independent Media organization, Journalists, Lawyers and Civil Society Members attended the event. During the event, the chairperson of SOWJRA talked about organizations efforts to prevent violations against women journalist and advocate for their rights. She also presented the findings of recent survey on the challenges women journalists encounter on and off their jobs in the media environment.  

The events main purpose was to highlight major challenges of female journalist in the media sector and to bring solutions to their work related problems. Mohamed Omar Dalxa, a key member of the Somali Parliament spoke about the role and importance of women journalist and the key role they played. He also requested the federal government to support and bring a lasting solutions to the major challenges that women journalist face as part of their career in the media.   

Women’s journalists held a joint press conference organized by the Women’s Lawyers Association (SOWJRA) on the nature of the torture and the challenges they faced during their work, the following action points were taken into account:

 1.      To keep an eye on women’s conditions when seeking jobs because they meet a lot of challenges, the need to find a job, with a vast majority of women who are professionally free and willing to join the media.

 2.      To stop gender based discrimination on the job and other sexual exploitation of young girls; women journalists in the media are sometimes banned from performing certain work, and only assigned in entertainment programs.  3.      To improve equal job/training opportunities in the media environment for boys and girls and increase professional development of the female journalist in Somalia.

4.      To promote women journalist participation in decision making. The Somali media environment does not make any job promotion for female journalist.

  5.      To enhance networks and partnership, this is done through co-ordinate consultative forums/meetings amongst and between women journalist in the country. Actually, this will help them have one voice and jointly fight for their rights

 

  The Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) welcomes and commends the Somali Ministry of Information; Eng. Abdirahman Osman Yarisow, who participated in this debate, said that the complaints of women journalists are an issue that needs to be addressed. SOWJRA also welcomes the call for the Minister of Information during a meeting of media reporters to stop violations against female journalist in Somalia.  

 Finally, the Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) welcomes anyone involved in preventing violence against women journalists and supporting the empowerment of the female journalist in Somalia.

 Leila Ad’ed Osman

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA)

Chairperson Email:

chairlady@sowjra.org            

info@sowjra.org           

leyla@sowjra.org

Mobile: +252615610500

 

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