In efforts to ensure appropriate reportage of sexual violence in the society, a Report Women- 2021 Female Reporter’s leadership programme has been organised for pressmen to enable them to cultivate the habit of giving balanced reportage on Sexual Gender-Based Violence issues in the country.
Speaking on Thursday during the one-day training programme with theme: RUSH- Report Until Something Happens, organised by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalist NAWOJ at the NUJ secretariat, Utako, Abuja, the President of Nigeria Union of Journalist NUJ, Mr Chris Isiguzo called on reporters to ensure accuracy while reporting matters on sexual gender-based violence.
Isiguzo emphasized that sexual gender based violence was not just a problem affecting women alone but has become a menace for both parties stressing that there was every need for journalists to imbibe the ethics that guide the profession.
He urged the government to establish courts that will handle gender-based violence in the country as there were tribunals that handled election matters also noting that if that was done it will expedite the process of most of the cases as the normal courts usually take a lot of time to finalize it.
“The issue of parading suspects even before trial is really bad. I recall Lagos state House of Assembly and Lagos state government quite recently said no; once you are identified as a suspect you should not be paraded.
“Therefore when you also report sexual gender based violence matters we must imbibe the journalistic ethics. It has become necessary that the government must establish special courts to handle matters just as we have tribunal courts that handle election matters,” Isiguzo said.
Also President, Nigeria Association of Women Journalist, NAWOJ, Ladi Bala, who spoke on the topic ‘Women Reporting Women’ expressed shock over ways the society has addressed women which has in turn created a negative image for womenfolk adding that it has really affected the country at large.
Bala urged reporters to always know the right words to use when reporting issues that are critical and vital to society while urging female reporters to let go of the misconception that has smeared the image of women in the society.
“Giving an illustration on how every doctor or farmer is seen as male while cooks or nurses are seen as feminine and even the female sees themselves as such. Don’t generalize, focus on specifics and look for the gender angle of the story among others. The society has shaped the way women are seen and viewed which is affecting the country,” she stated.
NAWOJ President highlighted some ways of how this menace can be managed; stating that more women should be given the opportunity to handle critical positions in the society particularly in the media houses.
She went further to clarify that women aren’t the only ones that face sexual gender based violence but they seem to be the major victim of this problem.
Other dignitaries present at the training were: former NAWOJ president, Evelyn Onyilo, FCT chairperson NAWOJ, Dr. Ejike, psychologist, Teresa Anthony, president of FIBA and Dr. Ene Ede.
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