25 Journalists Undergo WAJA/PUL ‘Gender Sensitive’ Reporting Training In Monrovia

Press Union of Liberia President K Aabdullai  Kamara
Press Union of Liberia President K Abdullai Kamara

Twenty-five journalists, predominantly females, will Monday (May 18) commence a three-day intensive Gender Sensitive Reporting training in Monrovia, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) disclosed Friday in Monrovia.

The PUL is convening the Gender Sensitive Reporting Workshop, on behalf of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA), and the Norwegian Journalists Union, as part of a broader Women Reporting Women Project.

The workshop is a regional initiative, aimed at improving the quality of gender sensitive reporting that seeks to encourage and enhance in-depth analysis and debates on issues concerning women, a statement said.

The training will also  offer skills and knowledge to those who report women issues, but who are not necessarily equipped with the right tools to give a fresh, insightful perspective into subjects such as domestic violence, rape, inheritance, divorce, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, lack of access to education and health and reproductive rights, women and the economy.

The program is based on the reality of a very few women journalists—and even fewer men—who can give a fresh, insightful perspective into issues that concern women.

In-depth analysis and debates on issues that have a negative impact on women’s development are similarly limited inside newspapers, and most women contents on TV and radio focus on beauty, fashion, food and household programs.

Two renowned female Liberian journalists Torwon Sulonteh-Brown and Mae Azango will facilitate the three-day workshop, along with Hamadou Tidiane Sy of E-jicom

Torwon and Mae were among several journalists who participated in a training of trainers’ workshop to implement the Women Reporting Women Project.

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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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