Mae Azango wins Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Women Rights Award

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

By: Stephanie Schoenhoff

Mae Azango was the recipient of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Women Rights Award at the PUL Annual Awards Night and Dinner in Liberia on May 16, 2014.

At the ceremony, Azango was recognized for her courageous reporting on women’s issues and advocacy for women’s rights.

Most notably, Azango has gained international attention for her investigative reporting on female genital cutting in Liberia. Her recent advocacy has also focused on issues such as domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence, and rape.

This award is only the most recent in a long list of accolades that the Liberian journalist has won over the past few years. Her achievements in human rights advocacy and journalism include winning the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in 2012, and being awarded a Pulitzer Center grant in 2011.

Azango was also a recipient of CJFE’s own International Press Freedom Award in 2012. CJFE was honoured to have Azango at the 2012 Annual Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, where she spoke about her experiences of being forced to go into hiding after receiving threats stemming from her coverage of female genital mutilation.

Azango’s profile on New Narratives, an independent African media project, is a testament to her relentless pursuit of justice and truth. She writes: “I am a journalist because there are a lot of people suffering. Who hears them? No one, unless I go and record their voices.”

Azango’s recent accolade serves as a reminder that free expression advocacy is as important now as ever. CJFE congratulates Azango for her continued reporting on these important human rights issues in Africa, despite being threatened for her work. Her commitment to acting as a voice for the voiceless does not go unrecognized.

More on Mae Azango

Video from our 2012 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, where Mae was awarded a CJFE International Press Freedom Award.

Stephanie Schoenhoff is CJFE’s Research and Communications Assistant, currently completing her degree in Media and the Public Interest at Western University.