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Samoan journalist a Visiting Global Associate in U.S.

A Samoan journalist has been selected as a Visiting Global Associate at The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (C.W.G.L.) at Rutgers University in the United States of America.

The selection of Savai’i-based Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson was announced recently by the C.W.G.L. on its Facebook page and added that as part of the programme she will be the  Editor-in-Chief of the Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence publications. 

“Welcome to our 2019–2020 Visiting Global Associate, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson all the way from the island of Savai’i in the Independent State of Samoa. During her tenure, Lagipoiva will be the Editor-in-Chief of the Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence Publications,” the C.W.G.L. stated in its Facebook post. 

“She is an award-winning Pacific island journalist, scholar and media specialist whose work is focused on gender, climate change, women's rights, environment, human rights, and development in the context of Small Island Developing States.” 

Lagipoiva is also a member of Samoa's Media Council and the founder of Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development, the C.W.G.L. added.

Founded in 1989, the C.W.G.L. strengthens and bridges voices for human rights towards social justice and self-determination. 

In May 2019 the C.W.G.L. commemorated World Press Freedom Day by applauding the work of women journalists around the world in reporting on gender-based violence.

“Women journalists have made a significant contribution to defending human rights through their reporting on gender-based violence throughout the years,” said Krishanti Dharmaraj, Executive Director of C.W.G.L., in a statement. 

“A total of 95 journalists both men and women were killed in 2018 alone according to the International Federation of Journalists. The threats faced by women journalists while performing their jobs are very real, and it is not limited to one geography or a single type of political space, it is widespread.”

According to Dharmaraj, journalists and media workers have long been at risk of violence in the course of their work.

“Journalism can be a dangerous profession. Journalists and media workers often work in the midst of war zones, conflicts, and natural disasters, and can incur the wrath of the most powerful when reporting on corruption or human rights abuses,” says the statement. 

The C.W.G.L. is the global coordinator for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence dedicated to ending gender-based violence.  The campaign kicks off on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, and December 10, Human Rights Day.

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