The UN Women’s Awards is a joint initiative by UN Women and UNAIDS to recognise journalists who write stories on human rights. The UN Women office in Papua New Guinea has recognized several journalists with the award.
Journalist, Deborah Pranis was acknowledged on a documentary she compiled on Sorcery killings in the Highlands. Florence Jonduo was recognised for her story on transgender issues male sex workers encounter on a daily basis. And Abraham Avidiba, a Lae-based journalist, took out the third award for a news piece he wrote on a male sex worker.
The recognising of journalism work in PNG, unlike other professions, is rare. These awards are predicted to boost journalists’ morale and encourage them to continue to report on HIV & Gender Based Violence issues within Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Read more via EMTV