By Oluwakayode Banjo

In a bid to foster a media landscape that empowers and promotes a just and equitable society for all, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Oyo State chapter, is training women journalists on Gender Equity and Safety, as well as Gender Sensitive Reporting. 

The three-day training which is in collaboration with the Norwegian Union of Journalists is ongoing at the NUJ Press Centre, Iyaganku Ibadan.

Chairperson of NAWOJ, Oyo State Chapter, Mrs Omolola Alamu, described the workshop as a crucial step towards creating an inclusive and responsible media landscape. 

“We must recognize and challenge harmful gender stereotypes and biases that perpetuate discrimination and violence against women and marginalized groups”. 

Speaking on Gender Equity and Combating Sexual Harassment at workplaces, one of the facilitator and Trainer, Mrs Rafat Salami, who works with Voice of Nigeria, noted that gender inequality and other related issues were due to socially constructed roles that exist in the society.

Mrs Salami said gender issues such as equal pay, access to jobs and promotion, sexual harassment, physical safety, equal opportunity for employment remain prevalent in many parts of the world today.

Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion in Oyo State, Mrs. Toyin Balogun, who was represented by the Director of programmes, Mr Ogunjimi Olutoyediya, praised the organisers of the training for providing a platform to champion the fight against gender inequality. 

“The fight against gender inequality is all encompassing. It involves everybody and we all have a role to play, particularly journalists who are the anchor point to reach the masses”.

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