Quezon city, November 2017
IAWRT members meeting at the 2017 Biennial in Quezon city, in the Philippines have elected former treasurer Voilet Gonda, a Zimbabwean journalist resident in the UK, as the new president .
Egyptian board member Abeer Saady, a media safety trainer and author of IAWRT's new safety handbook for women journalists, has been elected Vice President. The Chair of the Uganda chapter, Sarah Nakibuuka will take up the role of Secretary. As IAWRT Treasurer, Philippines Chapter head Jola Diones-Mamangun makes up the executive.
The Board members for the 2017-19 term are veteran Middle East reporter Yasmine Ryan from New Zealand , researcher Greta Gober from Poland, and the India chapter head Archana Kapoor. The board will co-opt a Norwegian member as a link to IAWRT's main funder, FOKUS.
Violet Gonda told members that her goal is "to elevate IAWRT to reach a higher zenith."
"As we all heard in our Biennial, the media landscape is changing dramatically and journalists , especially women, are easily targeted. We need to work together creating new paradigms to protect journalists" she said.
My vision is to get members more actively involved; search for funding partners to bring about more diverse programmes that benefit both individual members and all 12 chapters; run credible and fun election processes; empower ownership of the board to the members; and lead a board which is transparent and accountable to its members".
Jola Diones-Mamangun, Sarah Nakibuuka, Voilet Gonda, Abeer Saady and Archana Kapoor
Election officer, Lynda Cartindig Gracia and outgoing President Gunilla Ivarsson