The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) is expected to launch the ‘Women Reporting Women’, a three-year gender sensitive reporting project which kicks off with a two-week pilot phase training of trainers programme for women journalists from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone next month.
The three-year ‘Women Reporting Women’ project which ends in December 2016 will target 32 journalists, mainly women to be trained as trainers on gender sensitive reporting and a further four hundred and eighty (480) journalists to be trained in the fifteen ECOWAS member states and Mauritania.
The pilot programme which is expected to commence in Bamako, Mali from July 2-13, 2014 will bring together 10 participants from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
WAJA, through its Capacity Building Project in Bamako, Mali runs an initiative aimed at enhancing the capacities of journalists in West Africa by providing in-depth knowledge and skills on thematic areas such as poverty, democratic governance, investigative journalism, security of journalists and human rights reporting.
Peter Quaqua, newly elected president of the West African Journalists Association said, “Gender sensitive reporting is critical to addressing the many inequalities that exist in our societies. It is our hope that in providing the much needed skills and tools to improve the capacity of women journalists, they will be adequately equipped to analytically report women issues. ”
While expressing appreciation to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian Union of Journalists for the support, the WAJA President urged journalists to make the most of this and other available opportunities to elevate their talent.
“Media tend to forget that half of the world’s population consists of women,” says Eva Stabell, NJ’s project manager. “Stories about women’s rights, their struggles, their opinions and their dreams should be a natural part of every country’s media coverage in West Africa as in all other parts of the world. We have high expectations that this training will make women more visible, ”she added.
At the end of the workshop, participants will receive certificates from L’Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme des Métiers de l’Internetet de la Communication, (E-jicom) who will conduct the training.