NGO Trains Journalists On Sexual, Gender-Based Violence Reportage

BY ISRAEL BULUS, KAFANCHAN

A Non Governmental Organization, ‘Scripture Union West Africa’, SUWA, has trained Journalists on how to report sexual and Gender Base Violence.

The training which was held in Jos, Plateau State, drew Journalists from selected media establishments in Kaduna, Benue and Plateau States.

The media practitioners where also equipped with the skills on how to report issues related to sexual and Gender Base Violence with the sole aimed of protecting the survivors.

Declaring the training open, the Executive Director of the organization, Mrs. Rhoda Udanyi Samuel said, SUWA carefully decided to engage the media because of their critical role in addressing some of the issues in the Society.

According to her there are Individuals, Legal practitioners, the Security, NGOs doing their work separately without synergy, adding we find it necessary to bring them together to discuss ways we can improve in fighting the menace of sexual abuse that has grapple the Societies.

“We’re also conscientising the vulnerable women on how not to distroyed evidence and how a health worker can relate with the Police or legal practitioners,” Rhoda said.

She added that she expected that at the end of the event, participants should be able to respond promptly to the plight of the victims either domestic Violence, molestation or to rape issue.

Earlier, the lead facilitator, Mr. Wika Gofwen who spoke on the importance of media practitioners to explore the angle of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in their reportage, considering the poor attention it has been getting in the media space.

He explained that one of the major challenge is that most people are not better informed on what the laws says, hence, better enlightenment in that direction.

Participants at the end of the training resolved to contribute their quota to the fight against the menace.

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