Cebu News

Women leading Cebu’s print media recognized

May B. Miasco - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - Gone are the days when women had less involvement in the society – ladies, in fact, are dominating the editorial operations of newspaper dailies in Cebu City, an official from the Cebu Citizen Press Council reported.

Currently, women sit as editors-in-chief of the five major publications based in the city including The FREEMAN.

“Five dailies are led by women. In the past, it was men-dominated but today, we’ve come a long way,” said Cherry Lim, assistant executive director of CCPC.

Lim, also an editor of SunStar Daily, was among the speakers in yesterday’s radio-live forum organized by the Association of Government Information Officers – Philippine Information Agency-7.

Observing the Women’s Month, the forum included a question-and-answer segment revolving on the issue of women empowerment.

According to Lim, it helps when women work in the media industry since they employ a sensitive approach in issues like violence and abuse that involve the vulnerable sector – women and children.

“We are a little bit better in terms of protecting women and children. I don’t know if it plays a role but the fact that women are there, reporters and editors, mas sensitive man g’yud ta… It helps a bit to protect women,” she said.

Lawyer Cynthia Barte of dyHP-RMN and also legal counsel of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) – Cebu, did recognize that there have been improvements on how women are being eyed in society.

However, Barte added, there are still those who could not discount the fact that women are still considered as “submissive and always being juxtaposed as the weaker sex.”

“That is the point that we are trying to drive out, that the women nowadays are becoming better, different from what we are treated as before. But the stigma is still there. We cannot shake it out from our system,” she said.

Barte further said that women are continually making an effort to feel that they do exist and that they are much better.

“(But) we are not trying to say that this is a battle of sexes,” she adds.

“(We are getting better) in terms of empowerment. We are given the role already on the society as the prime movers, no longer as the weaker sex or the weaker type of person. We already are in the limelight. In print, we have editors-in-chief who are female in five dailies. In broadcast, we only have a handful though, but no longer the monopoly of men,” she said. — (FREEMAN)

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