Rabat - On the International Women’s Rights Day this Wednesday, March 8, 2M Radio and the 2M Parity and Diversity Committee are organizing a five-day forum in Marrakech, names "Les Panafricaines", bringing together 100 women journalists from 27 countries in Francophone Africa.
Rabat – On the International Women’s Rights Day this Wednesday, March 8, 2M Radio and the 2M Parity and Diversity Committee are organizing a five-day forum in Marrakech, names “Les Panafricaines”, bringing together 100 women journalists from 27 countries in Francophone Africa.
Journalists, editors, reporters and editors of publications, magazines and information sites on the African continent will take part in the first edition of the Forum “Les Panafricaines”, scheduled March 5 to 9 in Marrakech, the organizers said on Tuesday in Casablanca.
“The Panafrican women are part of the dynamics of the ambitious African policy of the Kingdom launched several years ago,” said Radio 2M editor, Fathia Elaouni, during a press conference held in Casablanca on Tuesday, stressing that this dynamic has enabled, through major initiatives such as COP22 and the recent return of Morocco to the African Union, to bring together Moroccan journalists and their counterparts on the continent.
For her part, the chairwoman of the 2M Parity and Diversity Committee, Khadija Boujanoui, said that women in the African media have much in common, including the awareness that women are at the heart of socio-economic emergence, their role as a vector of education and societal modernization and their obligation to fight more fervently to defend their place in society and succeed in professional life.
According to the organizers, the first Forum “Panafricaines”, which is also part of the celebration of International Women’s Rights Day (March 8), will result in the signing of a Charter of the Network of Women Journalists Of Africa. This founding document will lay the groundwork for a common mobilization around universal values, contributing to a better representation of women in the media professions.
“This forum is the first of its kind, and we do not know yet what will come out of it,” said Elaouni, “but we can first and foremost create a network of women journalists from Africa who need this sharing. It will be necessary to accomplish things. It will be an opportunity for us women journalists to get to know each other and see how each works in her own country and in her own media.”
In addition to 40 Moroccan journalists, “Les Panafricaines” will bring together 60 journalists and editors, in order “to make the country and our institutions known”. To select them, Fathia Elaouni explained that she “searched in the press, magazines, even associative radios of all countries.”.
“We read a lot and listened to a lot to what they did, to select two or three people per country,” the Moroccan journalist said, adding that this first meeting focuses on the media in French-speaking countries. The list of 40 Moroccan participants present is not yet disclosed.