A young Liberian Female Journalist has stressed the Need for Women voices to be heard in the Media.
Appearing as guest on a Community Radio Station (Kwatekeh FM) in Gbarnga, Bong County, Fatu A. Kamara, an advocate for women who is also a journalist said, the lack of women voices in the media is troubling. She calls for a paradigm shift towards making the voices of women to be heard in the media.
Miss Kamara also observes the gender gaps in all sectors of the society are very wide while women are highly underrepresented in leadership positions.
She said such a situation should not be maintained in a democratic country like Liberia where women make up fifty percent of the population.
Fatu A. Kamara who is also a staff of Kwatekeh radio in Gbarnga maintained that radio work is about time, stating that time needs to be given to females by parents or guardians to fully participate in programs and to effectively and efficiently perform their duties at their various work places.
“If the time is given to Females, they can do what exactly their males Counterparts are capable of doing. Everyone has their role in the Media and I can tell you for free that once the opportunity is given to females, they can perform to the best of their abilities,” Journalist Kamara added.
“News writing and reporting are challenging, but all we ask for is the opportunity, if the opportunities are given to us, we can do even better than some of the males,” she continued.
Fatu A. Kamara who is considered one of the best Female Reporters in Bong County has pledged her commitment to working with her colleagues (Females) to ensure their success in the media.
“I can say that Females have been over the time marginalized because to most of the Media Institutions in Liberia, it is very difficult to see Females in higher positions such as News Director, News Editor or even Station Manager while it is true that we are competent to do the jobs,” she stressed.
Fatu A. Kamara is a member of the Female Journalists Association of Liberia (FEJA) which promotes social Justice, equal opportunities and crates a safe working environment for Women in the Media.
While serving as a Child Broadcaster, she was promoted as Announcer at Super Bongese Radio and later Reporter at the entity.
She currently Reports for the Newest Community Radio Station (KWATEKEH FM) in Bong County.
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