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Championing Press Freedom and Gender Equality on World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2024      

As we commemorate World Press Freedom Day in Uganda, it’s imperative to acknowledge the pivotal role of journalists in upholding democracy and ensuring accountability. However, this celebration also serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges faced by press professionals, particularly women, in their pursuit of truth.

Recent reports highlight the pressing need for action to safeguard press freedom in Uganda. Threats, harassment, and violence against journalists persist, creating a climate of fear and censorship. In such an environment, the voices of women journalists are often marginalized and their safety compromised.

Against this backdrop, initiatives like Women Leadership Development (WLEDE) stand as beacons of hope. By advocating for gender equality in media and providing support to women journalists, WLEDE empowers them to overcome obstacles and continue their vital work.

The stories of Ugandan female journalists are a testament to their resilience and courage. Despite facing intimidation and risks to their safety, they remain steadfast in their commitment to uncovering truth and holding power to account.

On World Press Freedom Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to defending press freedom and promoting gender equality in Ugandan media. Together, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment where all journalists, regardless of gender, can thrive and contribute to a vibrant democracy.