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NABJ President Sarah Glover to Meet with President of UN General Assembly

Wednesday, July 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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NABJ President Sarah Glover to Meet with President Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of UN General Assembly

Two History-Making Leaders Will Meet to Discuss Issues Facing Black Journalists and the Black Community
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 10, 2019) –Sarah Glover, the first two-term president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), will meet with María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations on July 12. The meeting follows Glover's return from a recent trip to meet with Afro-Colombian journalists in Colombia.
 
Fernanda Espinosa Garcés made history as the first woman from Latin America to become the President of the UN General Assembly. During her visit to the UN, President Glover will not only recap her trip to Colombia but will also conduct an exclusive one-on-one interview with Fernanda Espinosa Garcés about the UN’s perspective on issues impacting global media, the black community, women, and communities of color worldwide.

  

“NABJ is appreciative of the opportunity to meet with President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés,” said Glover. “Her leadership has been groundbreaking, and she is committed to hearing our perspective about the issues facing black people and people of color globally and the implications on the media industry."
 
The duo will also discuss issues facing black men including NABJ’s Black Male Media Project, which, in its third year, took place on June 1 in more than 20 cities and Colombia. Founded by President Glover, the project examines the role the media plays in perpetuating negative stereotypes about black men and what can be done to combat those stereotypes. The project also promotes more fair and balanced coverage of black men and boys. President Glover hopes to further the global footprint of this initiative and to help improve the lives of black men worldwide. President Fernanda Espinosa Garcés is an advocate for human rights and equity.
 
The meeting will also include a discussion around issues that women journalists face such as harassment in the workplace and the ‘me too’ movement, tying into President Fernanda Espinosa Garcés’ past remarks about honoring “women struggling every day to access jobs on equal terms ... victims of violence ... and girls and adolescents demanding access to quality information and education.”
 
During the meeting, there will be a dialogue about NABJ’s overall mission and history and its ongoing efforts to see media diversity in newsrooms worldwide, including at the executive levels of news leadership.
 
“I am very much looking forward to meeting Sarah Glover, President of the National Association of Black Journalists. In particular, I am interested in learning more about the work of the NABJ, and specifically the Black Male Media Project. Globally, journalists are facing growing threats to their safety and legitimacy as reporters,” said President Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. "The United Nations believes that journalists must be free to go about their work without hindrance. I am delighted to be having this important meeting.”
 
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Media Contact:
Kanya Stewart
Director of Communications
kstewart@nabj.org
 
 
Pictured:
1.) NABJ President Sarah Glover, who is closing out a historic presidency this August at NABJ's National Convention. Glover is the first NABJ President to serve two terms consecutively.
 
2.) President of the General Assembly of the United Nations María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, who made history as the first woman from Latin America to hold the position.

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