Ms Meryem Louali, the Director of the Strategic and Technogical Committee of the Morocco News Agency (MAP), says in spite of the progress made by the agency to address gender inequality, much still need to be done.
Louali made this known while addressing participants during a training and seminar on leadership enhancement in Rabat, Moroccan capital, for women from 20 African news agencies.
NAN reports that the five-day seminar, which opened on Monday, aims at developing women’s soft skills, strengthening their knowledge and leadership abilities for the effective running of their organisations towards addressing the challenges the continent faces.
FAAPA is organising the seminar, under theme: “Women’s Leadership: Needs and Strategies of African News Agencies”, at the African Centre for the Training of Journalists, which is hosted by MAP.
Louali, who is also the new president of the a Parity Committee for the agency, said that as of 2018, out of the over 600 members of staff, 200 were women.
“Women represent 38 per cent of all MAP employees at the end of 2018, an improvement of three points compared to January 2014,
“At the journalistic level, the rate of female journalists increased from 31 to 35 per cent during the same period, with an increase of 4 points.
” Much remains to be done to increase women’s rights, opportunities and participation in public life and senior jobs.
“MAP constituted the committee to promote the female component in the agency’s human capital, was held on Tuesday in Sale.
She said that the committee, which was set up as part of the 60th anniversary of MAP, will monitor and assess the yearly evolution of the parity rate within the agency’s different departments and submit proposals to contribute to the amelioration of MAP’s female competences (administrative and journalistic staff).
She also said that the committee will create an institutional mechanism so that women could get the same rights as their male counterparts, and will address issues related to gender equality.
Louali said that MAP organised coaching sessions for its female staff, before setting up the parity committee to improve the presence of women at the decision-making bodies of the agency.
She advised women journalists to build self-confidence and forge a common front, to enable them succeed in their places of work.
She also urged them to network for them to have efficient career booster to engender job opportunities.(NAN)
Edited by Felix Ajide
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