WAJA Launches Three Year Gender Sensitive Reporting Project

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) will July 2, launch ‘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.

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 holds 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.”

At the end of the workshop, participants will receive certificates from L’Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme des Métiers de l’Internet et de la Communication, (E-jicom) who will conduct the training.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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