Kogi Election : Expert task journalists on Gender sensitive reporting



Ahead of November 11, 2023 governorship election in Kogi State , Journalists have been charged to be gender sensitive in reporting the election.

Mrs. Mufiliat Fijabi, Nigerian Women Trust Fund, who was represented by Vaneza Gregory, NWTF EU Project Coordinator, gave the charge while presenting a paper on Gender issues and perspectives in reporting the Kogi Governorship Election during a two day media roundtable/engagement on Kogi governorship election organized by International Press Centre (IPC) support by Eu-support to Democratic Governance In Nigeria (EU-SDGN 11) COMPONENT 4: Support To Media held in Abuja on Monday.

While stressing the importance of diverse newsroom reporting of gender issues with women as priority in the Kogi Governorship Election, Fijabi urged practitioners to make issues of gender inclusivity an editorial perspectives, with the initiative to encourage women in politics particularly towards making them take active part in the forthcoming November 11 governorship election.

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She tasked media professionals to promote inclusivity as a core values, noting that there is the need to challenge traditional norms and biases to breakdown barriers that limits women participation of women in politics.

“I task media practitioners to understand gender dynamics in reporting, avoid gender specific language and focused on policies and qualifications of women rather than to dwell on languages that affect women inclusivity in politics negatively.

“You should also endeavour to be fair and respectful in reporting issues of gender by being sensitive to Gender Based Violence and to report issues that will breakdown barriers for women” she stated.

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