A young female Liberian 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 recently, Fatu Kamara, a women advocate journalist says the lack of women’s voices in the media is very huge, thus prompting her to join the process in helping to make the change.
Ms. Kamara observes that the gender gap in all sectors of the society is very wide and women are highly underrepresented in leadership positions.She believes that this is not supposed to be the case in a democratic country like Liberia where women make up 50 percent of the population.
Ms. Kamara maintains that radio work is about time, and females must be given time by their parents or guardians to fully participate in programs to perform their duties at their various workplaces effectively and efficiently.
“If the time is given to females, they can do what exactly their male 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,” she says.
She argues that “News writing and reporting are very easy,” but all that women ask for is the opportunity.“If the opportunities are given to us, we can do even better than some of the males,” she continues.
Ms. Kamara is considered one of the best female reporters in Bong County, and she has pledged her commitment to working with her colleagues to ensure females’ 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 position like News Director, News Editor or even Station Manager, while it is true that we are competent to do the jobs,” she concludes.
Fatu Kamara is a member of the Female Journalists Association of Liberia (FEJAL) which promotes social justice, equal opportunities and crates a safe working environment for women in the media.
She was serving as child broadcaster before being promoted as announcer at Super Bongese Radio and later Reporter at the entity.She currently reports for the Newest Community Radio Station (Kwatekeh FM) which has taken over the County in broadcasting activities.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley