Young women in South Sudan are increasingly becoming a public voice through South Sudan’s media, serving as a critical source of independent and balanced news and information.
USAID supports the Juba Media Development Institute, which trains young South Sudanese in professional journalism. After successful completion of a nine-month program, the students are awarded certificates in journalism. This year’s cohort includes six women.
The Media Development Institute (MDI) is committed to supporting female journalists in South Sudan.
“MDI aims to promote women’s participation in media,” says Media Development Institute Principal Moses Hakim. He adds that the institute’s courses are designed to help develop the media in South Sudan – and that means training both male and female journalists.
One of the female trainee journalists is Rose Keji Benjamin. She says journalism is her calling. “I decided to join MDI because of the unique courses being offered to students. They help students to gain real skills that you can use in your job,” she says.