Malawian elected to lead a media climate change grouping

MalawiA Malawian Journalist, Sellina Nkowani, has been elected Southern Africa Regional Coordinator of the Pan African Media Alliance for Climate Change.

The Nation Publications Limited Online Sub-Editor has since pledged to work hand in hand with all journalists and encourage more women participation in climate change reporting, noting that women and children are most hit by effects of climate change.

Nkoniwa observed that it is right and proper that more women tell stories about fellow women. Apart from that, it is high time African Journalists start telling stories of climate change from the African perspective sharing experiences and information with Journalists from other countries.

As a Regional Coordinator, Nkoniwa will be responsible to champion the formation of national bodies and promoting coverage of climate change issues in in Southern Africa.

Isaiah Esipisu from Kenya leads the grouping at a continental level.

Phillip Odongo, Programmes Officer for PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance, a continental coalition of civil society organizations, asked Journalists in the African continent to stop reporting issues of climate change based on political agendas and propaganda observing that some Journalists do not report on actual challenges facing the common man as a result of climate change effects.

He was speaking at the same capacity building workshop which saw 41 Journalists who usually report on climate change from across Africa attending.

The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance has over 300 members drawn from 45 countries in Africa.

Nkoniwa seem to follow the footsteps of her country’s President, Joyce Banda, the first female Head of State in Southern Africa.

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