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FeJAL Strong On Women’s Issues

-Provides Mini Grants For Women Issues In Liberia

By Esau J. Farr

The Female Journalist Association of Liberia (FeJAL) is providing mini grants to its members to report women’s issues.

The disclosure was made by the Coordinator of FeJAL, Madam Siatta Scott-Johnson when she appeared on the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) on Wednesday this week.

According to the FeJAL Coordinator, the grant was made available to them (FeJAL) from their international partner through a competitive proposal selling process.

She explained that having served as a catalyst in providing more trainings for its members, now is the time to test the ability of female journalists who have been members of the association for at least three years.

“The grant is given under a project code named and styled, Women reporting women,” Madam Scott-Johnson told State Radio.

The range of the grant is between US$100 to US$500 considering distance and issues to be investigated and reported for public consumption.

The issue of reporting about issues affecting women in Liberia dating back at the first term of Liberia and Africa’s first female President, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (early 2000s) can’t be over emphasized.

Many hailed the former Liberian President for breaking the barriers for women to be heard and given a space to exercise their educational and political might in every sector of the Liberian society.

Before the coming into being of the administration of Madam Sirleaf, women were rarely seen in top public places and positions lest to say discussing politics as it is now being seen and done in every street corner and society of Liberia both in urban and rural areas.

Issues that are expected to top the reportage of the journalists will include, but not limited to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) in work places (both Private and Public), Persistence Non-support, women’s representation and participation in politics and major decision-making processes, inheritance and property rights and any issues that tend to affect women negatively with possible recommendations for change amongst others.

Meanwhile, Madam Siatta Scott-Johnson is calling on female journalists to take advantage of the reporting grant to prove the worth of their trainings over the years.

The deadline for the application for the grant is slated for Monday November 19, 2018 after which no one will be given a chance to apply in line with due diligence and international best practices.

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