On International Women’s Day, the United Nations Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) awarded the Al Jazeera Media Network its inaugural “Awareness Award”. The award was given to the network for its crucial role in shedding light on women’s issues around the globe.
The award announcement was followed by a panel discussion with prominent journalists and media executives.
The president of UNWFPA, Barbara Winston, stated:
“In our inaugural year of the UNWFPA Awareness Award, it is my distinct pleasure to give the award to Al Jazeera for their extensive work on women’s and girls’ issues across the planet. The programming on Al Jazeera on women’s and girls’ issues is exemplary and we’re happy for the work that Al Jazeera has done and continues to do. Often going into dangerous war zones to get their stories, Al Jazeera journalists, many of whom are women themselves, risk their lives to bring to the world the stories that matter.”
The award was accepted by Al Jazeera’s Washington correspondent Patty Culhane and the co-host of Al-Jazeera’s “The Stream”, Malika Bilal. Al Jazeera’s Executive Director of Global Brand and Communications, Abdulla Al Najjar stated:
“Throughout its history, Al Jazeera has been committed to covering issues that affect women from all backgrounds, faiths and regions of the world. Women are so often victims of violence, abuse and persecution, and media needs to be courageous in covering their stories. We are very grateful to the UNWFPA for this honor, and are committed to continuing telling women’s stories from around the globe.”