Media professionals have converged on Owerri the Imo State capital to brainstorm on how best journalists could highlight issues affecting women in the society.
The two day training on Gender Reporting For Media Professionals organised by a non governmental organization, TechHer NG, has participants drawn from various media houses, including Radio Nigeria, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Online Bloggers and Thisday Newspaper.
In a remark, the Project Leader, TechHer NG, Mrs. Kawthar Ahmed, explained that gender reporting for media professionals training aimed at tacking the challenges of effectively reporting issues relating to women in Nigeria, especially those at the grassroots.
She called on journalists to use correct terms always when reporting women stories and also give them more attention.
A resource person, Ummy Bukar Noted that if the women were considered and carried along in government programs and policies, much development would be achieved in the country.
Bukar charged the media to ensure proper reportage of events involving women and be gender sensitive.
Another resource person, Mrs. Dorothy Njamanze, expressed regret that social condition and long standing orientation had affected the societal views on issues relating to women.
Mrs. Njamanze, however enjoined women to rise up and take their expected position in the society rather than sit back and wait for opportunities to walk up to them.
Radio Nigeria’s Uche Ndeke and Chinelo Phil Opara were among participants in the event.