Ghanaian Female Journalists Complete Gender-Sensitive Reporting Training

by Louisa Afful
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Eight female journalists from various media houses in Ghana have successfully concluded a four-day gender-sensitive reporting training organized by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). This initiative, part of the Equal Voices project, aims to foster gender equality in media practices in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

The training, overseen by Senior Programme Officer Adizatu Moro Maiga of MFWA, aimed to enhance journalists’ understanding of gender theories and women’s rights foundations. It focused on combating gender stereotypes in media and promoting women’s leadership roles within Ghanaian and Ivorian societies.

Dr. Charity Binka, Executive Director of Women, Media, and Change (WOMEC), facilitated sessions on women empowerment, patriarchy, and gender concepts. She emphasized the importance of gender equality, noting its role in creating fair and just societies where everyone can thrive.

Practical sessions led by Dr. Aurelia Ayisi from the University of Ghana covered topics such as gender-based violence, women’s leadership in media, and digital presence management. Dr. Ayisi stressed the significance of maintaining professional integrity and adapting to various forms of power in media spaces.

The journalists also engaged in discussions led by industry experts Kwaku Owusu Peprah and Nana Yaa Konadu Yiadom on the challenges and opportunities for women in media. They shared their experiences and highlighted the importance of personal fulfillment and professional growth in journalism.

Participants expressed gratitude for the training, with one journalist initiating a radio show named Equal Voices to address gender issues in her community. The Equal Voices project aims to create an inclusive media environment that amplifies women’s voices across West Africa.

Moving forward, the trained journalists are expected to promote positive masculinity, challenge gender biases, and foster collaboration and mentorship in their respective newsrooms.

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