July 23, 2024

Journalists Challenge to Project Women in Positive Light

Timothy Alamba 

Journalists in Plateau State have been challenged to correct the gender stereotypes and discrimination against women in the society through their reportage.

The Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation, Mr. Gad Peter gave the challenge today at Crispan Hotel during a two-day workshop on Gender Sensitive Reportage organized by his organization in collaboration with UN Women.

“Although it is challenging to resist the pervasive, casual stereotypes that see women as child carers or sexual objects, it is critical for journalism to produce a complete and diverse coverage that accurately mirrors our societies.” Mr. Gad said.

“As media practitioners, you bring unique perspectives and invaluable insights to the table, especially in how conflicts are reported and understood. Your voices are essential in ensuring that coverage is not only accurate and responsible but also empathetic and inclusive.” He said in his opening remarks.

In his presentation on ‘Empowering Women Media Practitioners in Nigeria: Promoting, Gender-Responsive Action, Coverage and Reportage in Fragile Context’, Mr. Gad Peter emphasized the importance of empowering women media practitioners which according to him can help address the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by women in fragile environments.

The Governor of Plateau State, Barr, Caleb Mutfwang who was represented by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Gyang Bere, in his goodwill message described women as valuable partners who contributes in building the society. 

According to him, the media has not given women their position as expected but only use them for advertisements. He said because of the key role that women play in the society, the Governor has appointed them into key positions in his government.

There were goodwill messages from the representative of the Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency; representatives, Plateau state Ministry of Women Affairs; Plateau State NUJ Chairperson, Mrs. Ayuku Pwaspo and NAWOJ.

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