2 June 2011

Gambia: Women Journalists Association Formed

press release

Female journalists in the country recently formed an association called 'Women Journalists Association of The Gambia' (WoJAG), a press release from the association revealed.

Below is the full text of the release;

The Women Journalists Association of The Gambia (WoJAG) was formed in April 2010 by the country's core women journalists.

The body was established in line with sister journalists associations across the continent with the main aim of increasing prominence and women's participation in the media. Among the objectives of WoJAG are:

To promote mutual understanding and unity among women journalists in The Gambia; to give greater visibility to women in the media; to advocate and promote the need for young women to take up journalism as a career; and to create career development opportunities for women in the media.

WoJAG is an independent women journalists' body that operates under The Gambia Press Union and is willing to work with all partners for the development and advancement of women in The Gambia. Following two meetings held at the Gambia Press Union, an Interim Executive Committee was set up on 31st May, 2011 to coordinate the affairs of the association for a period of one year after which a congress will be held to elect an executive committee. The Interim Executive committee members are: President- Sarjo Camara Singateh of Foroyaa Newspaper; Vice- President- Binta A. Bah of The Daily News; Secretary General- Aminata Sanneh of Daily Observer newspaper; Asistant Secretary General- Amie Sanneh of Foroyaa Newspaper; and Treasurer- Haddy Nyang of Unique FM.

The meeting was attended by the following people: 1 Sarjo Camara Singateh of Foroyaa newspaper 2 Fatou I Touray of The Gambia Info 3 Aminata Sanneh of the Daily Observer newspaper 4 Binta A Bah, The Daily News 5 Maimuna Jallow of The Daily News 6 Sainabou Kujabi of The Point newspaper 7 Isatou Bittaye of Foroyaa newspaper 8 Isatou Dumbuya of The Point 9 Amie Sanneh of Foroyaa newspaper 10 Mariam Saine of Today newspaper 11 Haddija Jawara of the Daily Observer newspaper 12 Haddy Nyang of Unique FM Two co-opted members will be chosen from the electronic media during the next general meeting scheduled for 15th June, 2011 at 2.00pm.

All practicing women journalists are invited to attend the next meeting and be part of the association in order for us to work as a team and enhance more women participation in the media.

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