UNESCO Trains Journalists on Gender Based Violence Reporting

To achieve the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) Spotlight Initiative program in bringing an end to violence against women and girls in Nigeria, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has organized a training for journalists from five states of the federation and FCT.

The training which targeted at “Sensitive Reporting and Investigative Journalism on Gender Based Violence” took place in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Speaking at the program, an associate professor from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, Dr. Franca Attoh said journalism should be a veritable tool to impel development as journalists are watchdogs that protect the citizenry from the antics of politician in the society.

Speaking on the topic, “Journalism, Development and Ethical Issues”, Dr. Franca noted that journalists need to be creative in the midst of challenges in order to overcome the hurdles in the profession, stressing that the society looks forward to the media reportage for positive change.

The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State, Dr. Qasim Akinreti in a remark noted that the media in Nigeria focuses more on national issues such as politics and urged journalists to bring in full developmental journalism by redirecting their reportage to communities and human interest issues.

The Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, Lagos State Chapter, Adeola Ekine in her remarks urged UNESCO not to relent in its effort to support issues that affect women and girls because they are the nation builders.

Ekine said, “It is with pleasure that I received the invitees on behalf of NAWOJ, Lagos chapter to partake in this illuminating and instructive workshop that seeks to proffer solutions to Violence Against Women and Girls and Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.”

“I appreciate UNESCO for organizing such forum to increase more awareness and promote the activeness of journalists on the thrust of the workshop; which is Sensitive Investigative Journalism on Gender – Sensitive Reportage towards reducing or possibly eradicating the menace.”

“I am optimistic that the knowledge that would be derived from the workshop would equip and enable the participants who happen to be members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm and agenda setters to champion constructive reports and editorials that would propel legislations that increase the access of women and girls to sexual reproductive health and rights and also eliminate violence against women.”

“NAWOJ, as the female wing of the journalists union, promises her unflinching support for UNESCO and other relevant bodies to fight against the cankerworm bedeviling our sisters, mothers and girl child.”

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