By Khadijah Aliyu
38 journalists converged in Kano, for a four day workshop organized by federation of Muslim women association (FOMWAN), in collaboration with the United States agency for international development (USAID).
The workshop tagged, a 4-day capacity building on strengthening child trafficking and illegal profiling (CTIP), Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and child, education and forced marriage (CEFM), responses in Jigawa, Kano and Zamfara states, was attended by journalists drawn from broadcast, print and online media.
Speaking to Radio Nigeria, Amina Aisha Yanleman and Suwidi Jibrin described the training as apt.
They stressed that, the workshop had broadened their capacity in writing features and reports on SGBV, CTIP and CEFM, saying that they would cascade the knowledge gained to others.
In his presentation titled : SGBV, CTIP, CEFM and solutions journalism, a facilitator Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu, lamented how media in Nigeria focus more on negative issues, urging journalists to imbibe the ethical conduct of developmental journalism, by beaming light to solution based and human angle stories .
He urged journalists in the country, to be at the front in reporting violence against women and girls, by showing empathy while interviewing.
In his remarks, FOMWAN officer in charge of monitoring and evaluation, Muhammad Danjuma Abubakar, stressed that, the essence of the training was to strengthen Journalist to be agents of national development.
He maintained that, the society rely on the media for positive change, more especially on SGBV, saying that, journalist ought to be creative in the midst of challenges, to successfully overcome the hurdles in the profession.
“journalists from ,jigawa,kano,and zamfara on ways they can write success stories and Sensitive reporting on sexual and gender base violemc, child trafficking , early and force marriage to reduce the scourge ”
Radio Nigeria reports that, the workshop organized by USAID , Palladium and FOMWAN provided an overview of global trends in media reporting on gender-based violence, trafficking in persons, as well as proper solutions that may help mitigate gender- sensitive reporting.