2 November 2012

Liberia: 'Demonstrate Your Potentials'

Press Union of Liberia President Peter Quaqua has challenged members of the Female Journalists Association of Liberia (FeJAL) to live above complacency and demonstrate their potentials in the Journalism profession.

Mr. Quaqua said the contribution of Liberian female journalists which is aimed at bringing ethical improvement in the profession was critically needed, and as such, they must not be satisfied with their status.

Speaking over the weekend at the close of a week-long training for female editors, senior reporters and producers, Mr. Quaqua told the Liberian female journalists to perfect on acquired knowledge and skills in helping their male counterparts to address some of the ethical problems occurring in the media landscape.

"Some of you are now assuming the roles of becoming editors, senior reporters and producers at your respective media institutions; for me the fact that you are now reaching this level is a responsibility already...so this is the time you need to demonstrate such responsibility," Mr. Quaqua admonished.

The PUL President told the female journalists that when their skills and potentials are being exhibited, it would compel their boss whether man or woman to push them up.

He said while it is true that women are seen as the most disadvantaged group in every profession, it is equally important that they showcase their skills and potentials to their counterparts.

Mr. Quaqua said "if we have more women in the media, we will reduce the problems of ethics, because ethics has got to do with morality as well."

Mr. Quaqua urged male media executives to see reason and tap the talents of female journalists in the country because, according to him, some of them are prepared to assume leadership role.

In remarks, FeJAL Coordinator Torwon Brown challenged her colleagues to use the knowledge acquired and live above what she called "the continued marginalization being melted against female journalists".

Madam Brown told media executives that female journalists are capable of helping to address ethical problems unfolding in the profession; therefore, they must be given priority.

"Don't be selective; equally prioritize the building of capacities of both male and female journalists if these problems must be addressed," she noted.

Madam Brown observed that representation of female journalists at various media institutions in the country is low due to the lack of training and capacity building opportunities for them.

The one-week training supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was aimed at empowering Liberian female journalists to play a leadership role at their respective institutions.

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