Journalists trained on gender based violence reporting.

Kigali, on 2nd October 2018, a number of 28 journalists male and female from different media outlets operating in Rwanda started a seven day practical training on Gender Based Violence (GBV) reporting held from 2nd to 8th October 2018, in different districts namely Huye, Nyaruguru, Kayonza, Gatsibo, Musanze, Burera, Nyamasheke and Rusizi.

The training was organized by the Media High Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, National Public Prosecution Authority and Rwanda Investigation Bureau .

The training aims at building the capacity of Journalists on reporting GBV; to increase the quality and amount of well-informed media coverage of GBV issues.

In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of the Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo said that this training will enable journalists to give well balanced news stories to the public related to GBV issues.  

This training will equip participants with skills of understanding gender based violence, the different forms it takes as well as to highlight government strategies of GBV prevention, mitigation and responses for  community mobilization on GBV related issues as well as working together in preventing and responding to GBV”. He said.

The practical training kicked off by visiting Isange One Stop Center of Kacyiru Hospital with aim of briefing journalists on the services offered and treatment given to the victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence to equip them with skills to produce professional stories related to GBV issues.

Media practitioners appreciated the skills gained from the training and the warm welcome from local leaders.

DUSABEMUNGU Ange de la Victoire from Topafricanews.com said on twitter: “Thanks @RwandaMedia for the fruitful Training on Gender based Violence Reporting. We had time to discuss all related topics and we hope they will be helpful to decision makers. Thanks @RusiziDistrict @Nyamasheke for warm welcome.”

Mukamusoni Flugencie from Urungano magazine said that the practical training is more fruitful than theoretical one.

We used to have training workshops, but this style of bringing us on field for practical training enhance our professionalism because we get the time to learn by practice and  we share experience with our peers .” she said

Participants to the training produced stories which have been published in their media outlets respectively.

Kanzayire Denyse

Public Relations and communication Officer