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Women in the media are speaking out on Mozambican Journalists’ Day about the various challenges and sexual harassment they face.
“Sexual harassment is something that unfortunately stains our profession,” says Cléusia Chirindza, a journalist with five years’ experience, currently working for Media4 Development.
“In some newsrooms, journalists are not properly valued, especially for those who are starting their careers,” she adds.
Another young journalist, Olívia Mapute of Televisão Miramar, says she is one of the “few women journalists” reporting on crime and “proud” to be challenging the status quo.
According to Naércia Langa, who has been working in the field for 10 years and who is a member of the Diário de Moçambique newspaper, there have been great advances in communication, “however several challenges still persist – the main one being access to information sources”.
Like Ms Chirindza, Midia Lab journalist Cátia Mangue says a culture of sexism and sexual harassment plagues many newsrooms. She also says being a mother and wife unfairly limits women’s career progression, and she cites the challenges of sourcing information as a tricky aspect of day-to-day work.