Backlash As Swiss Newspapers
At least three Swiss newspapers Luzerner Zeitung, Aargauer Zeitung and St. Galler Tagblatt  which described renowned Nigerian economist Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as “66-year-old Nigerian grandmother” while reporting her recent WTO appointment have faced some backlash on social media.
The newspapers have been criticized for their choice of terms with some persons describing the act as “racist” and “discriminatory” based on her gender.
Following the backlash on social media, the online version of the article was edited to read “This 66-year-old Nigerian will head WTO”.
Backlash As Swiss Newspapers
Linda Klare-Repnik, the coordinator environmental and social management system, at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, called the newspaper out on Linkedin.
“Gender discrimination and racism: Swiss newspaper headlines the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Director General as ‘This Grandmother will become the new boss of WTO,” she wrote.“If it had been a white man, the title would have been along the lines of ‘Harvard Economist, ex-World Bank Managing Director and ex Minister of Finance …’
Nadja Schnetzler, who co-founded a Swiss magazine called Republik, asked how the reporter would have written the election of Joe Biden as American president.
“What would you think if you wrote about Biden ‘this grandfather will be US President’?” she tweeted.
Aargauer Zeitung, which also published the same article written by Jan Dirk Herbermann, apologised for the “wrong” reportage.
A Ugandan-born academic and development economist in Germany highlighted that the same media would refer to Angela Merkel, who is also 66 as mother, but refer to Okonjo-Iweala as a grandmother
Backlash As Swiss Newspapers
“Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman to head the World Trade Organization. We presented the 66-year-old economist and former World Bank deputy head in a portrait and focused on her role as a grandmother in the title. That was wrong