BUJUMBURA November 29th (ABP) – The Ministry of Communication, Information Technologies and Media, in collaboration with the European Union delegation in Burundi, launched the competition on Friday November 26th ” Media Prize against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) “, 2022 edition.
Launching that competition, the Minister in charge of the media, Mrs. Léocadie Ndacayisaba, felt that the media must play their role of liberating society, to eradicate GBV. She recalled the commitment made by the media on February 26, 2019, which implemented a gender-sensitive media charter.
Minister Ndacayisaba called on journalists to raise awareness through their media productions, listeners, viewers and readers so that they understand that what violates the rights of women must awaken the conscience of everyone.
According to the head of the European Union delegation in Burundi, Claude Bochu, in the fight against GBV, everyone has their role to play, including the media. For him, most people do not understand that GBV is a topic of society. The launch of that competition is a call to all to be actors of the change we want, he concluded.
For the year 2020, the Association of Women Lawyers of Burundi (AFJB), recorded 1,289 cases of GBV, 95% of which are sexual (1229) while at the Seruka center, around 1,500 GBV was recorded per year, according to data provided by Sonia Ndikumaso of the Association of Women Lawyers (AFJB), during her presentation drawing up the inventory of GBV, and its legal arsenal, confident that, unfortunately, data on GBV is disparate and are not centralized.
Media productions counting for that competition will be submitted from November 27 until February 24, 2022, with the award ceremony scheduled for March 8 of the same year.