Our mission is to influence the media in Somalia to embrace and promote the full enjoyment of women’s rights in society and advance the status of women in the media.
Somali Women Journalists Rights Association (SOWJRA) is women journalists-owned a non-government and non-profit organization founded in 2017 in Somalia. SOWJRA promotes gender balance in the mass media and entertainment industries through networking, professional development, and advocacy for women in Somalia. SOWJRA advocates for representative gender balance and policies that addresses women’s barriers in the mass media as well as changing the attitudes towards women working in the media. SOWJRA supports and builds capacity, knowledge and skills of women journalists in Somalia to reach their full potential and be empowered in managing their careers to take active and leading role in the industry. promotes gender balance in the film and entertainment industries.
Our vision is to reach a gender-responsive society that embraces and promotes equitable development and women’s rights.
Somali Women Journalists Rights Association (SOWJRA) is women journalists-owned a non-government and non-profit organization and female journalists or and other female working in areas closely related to journalism are eligible for membership in the Somali Women Journalism’s Rights Association. It is open and we are interested to welcome any Somali female journalist or any female somewhat related to field of journalism to join us and be part of this growing joint action promoting gender balance in the mass media and entertainment industries through networking, professional development, and advocacy for women in Somalia.
our core work
In Somalia, illiteracy levels are high and primary school enrollment is estimated to be 30.6%. Many Children in the urban and rural areas have no access to any form of education.
Meant to address the women rights education from different perspectives, SOWJRA established a documentation center that performs several activities.
ADVOCACY & LOBBYING
Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) stands for making advocacy and lobbing for the betterment of Somali women journalist in Somalia.
Somalia has been in civil war for almost a decade. There is still instability in most parts of the country particularly in the southern regions.
SOWJRA extends capacity building programs to different sectors including young women journalists who are willing to build up their career as journalist of tomorrow.
SOWJRA helps the community to identify and realize their full potentials and collaborate with the local community to create networks and links for development.
TRANSPARENC & ACCOUNTABILITY
As we know Somalia, has been a fragile state since the fall of the military government, almost thirty years ago. Since then, transparency and accountability fell into a dark well.
GENDER BASIC VIOLENCE (GBV)
As Somali culture is male dominant society, and women are neglected in every part of the society, SOWJRA, as it is women journalist, preferred to protect women in their voices against any Gender based violence. Because SOWJRA, organization team are behind the microphone and their voice can reach every segment of the society.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS RAISING CAMPAIGNS
Community awareness and raising campaigns is crucial when building the capacity of a community that has been ravaged by a civil war. So, Somali women journalist’s rights saw an opportunity to raise awareness campaigns, through media awareness campaigns as media.