04.06.2019 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

JOURNALISTS AND EDITORS EMPOWERED WITH SKILLS ON GENDER RESPONSIVE REPORTING AND ENHANCING THEIR SAFETY

Participants awarded with certificates at the end of the 5 day training workshop on enhancing gender responsive reporting and journalists safety in Juba 31 May 2019© UNESCO.CR2

Juba, 31 May 2019: Fifty-two journalists and editors from broadcasts, print, online and freelance journalists participated in a five-day training workshop on enhancing gender responsive reporting and safety of female journalists from 27-31 May 2019 in Juba. The initiative was led by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) with support from UNESCO and UN Women.

The training comes at a perfect time when South Sudan media ecosystem still faces various challenges to operate effectively and efficiently. One of the challenges being gender disparity in the media which impacts the coverage of the media on issues and topics related to women’s concerns and needs within South Sudan societies. In addition, the context of conflict also impacts the safety and security of journalists in general and female journalists in particular to fulfill their roles.

At the closing of the five-day workshop, editors /media managers were urged to double their efforts and support female journalists at the workplace so as to bridge the inequality gap in the media and also ensure the safety of female journalists. Said Ms. Grace. Githaiga - a Media and Gender expert. While Mr. Edward Terso - UJOSS, Secretary General reminded journalists to follow the journalists code of ethics as they execute their duties and expressed the need for the establishment of safety mechanisms necessary to ensure safety of journalists at national and state levels.

 

Speaking on behalf of UNESCO South Sudan Country Representative, Ms. Doreen Loboka - UNESCO, Communication and Information National Specialist noted that, an environment that promotes gender equality and fundamental freedoms like freedom of expression, of the press and of access to information, the achievement of sustainable development, democracy and peace is possible.  She also advised journalists and editors to keep sharing the skills and knowledge obtained from the workshop among colleagues and become ambassadors for gender equality and equal representation in the media.

Participant representatives from the workshop, Ms. Keji Yangi - a reporter, challenged female journalists to become narrators of their own stories saying, “…tell your stories, provide your narrative in your own perspective”. While Mr. Michael Koma – an editor, expressed gratitude for this special training that enabled journalists discuss issues that affect them and he noted that gender equality and journalist’s safety are relevant to the development of South Sudan.

Mr. Victor Keri Wani, Guest of Honor and Deputy Chairperson of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan, in his concluding remarks, stated that journalism was a progressing profession and the media/journalists have a responsibility towards the citizens such as educating and informing the masses with relevant, accurate and timely information.

Advancing freedom of expression, freedom of the press, safety of journalists and access to information through building capacities of media personnel, strengthening networks and partnerships with relevant key institutions and duty bearers at policy and practice levels, is at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate in South Sudan.

 

For more information, please contact:

Doreen Loboka, UNESCO, dg.loboka@unesco.org




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