Search for Common Ground, an NGO, and UNwomen on Tuesday commenced the training of 35 broadcast journalists in Northern Nigeria, for the successful implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325.
Mrs Tamwakat Golit, Project Manager, Women Peace and Security, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe.
She said that the participants were from Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Plateau, Yobe and Abuja.
According to her, the objectives of the training was to deepen the understanding of journalists to engender a legal frame work in Nigeria, enhance their capacities to know their roles in the implementation of NAP and in gender sensitive reporting.
“The essence of this training is for journalists in the electronic media to know know their roles in the implementation of NAP on UNSCR 1325, a document that was developed under the Women Peace and Security Project, which is promoting women’s engagement in peace and security in Northern Nigeria.
“This was done intentionally, because journalists have been identified as foot soldiers, who can actually help in achieving what we need in peace process.
“And coupled with the fact that Search for Common Ground is supported with funds from UN to promote the project, that is why we engaged 35 journalists to participate in the training,” she said.
According to her, the training will help journalists to integrate issues of women, peace and security and also advocate for the implementation of the National Action Plan in the course of their reportage.
Golit also said that at the end of this workshop, journalists are expected to give positive portrayal of women in their reportage, integrate gender in the course of their work and to be ambassadors of women, peace and security. (NAN)
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