Female journalists supported to mobilize women to participate in election process
Kigali, from 13th -16th June 2018, 28 female journalists from different media houses participated in the practical training on mobilizing women to participate in election process. The aforementioned training was organized by the Media High Council in collaboration with the National Electoral Commission and Gender Monitoring Office. Trainees were dispatched in different Districts namely Rubavu, Gakenke, kayonza and Muhanga.
During his opening remarks, Peacemaker MBUNGIRAMIHIGO, The Executive Secretary of the Media High Council said that the training aims at enabling female journalists to report on women views on pre-election preparations and participation during the election.
“This training will help female journalists to improve their understanding of the overall legislative process. So, the skills they acquired from this training will enable them to mobilize women to participate in election process especially the upcoming legislative election.”He said
Charles MUNYANEZA, the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission emphasized on the role of media especially female journalists during the election process.
“The media plays a vital role to inform and educate the public the overall processes of elections; so, as female journalists you are on the right position to mobilize women for the full participation in elections.” He said.
Participants commended the Media High Council for its vital role of promoting gender equality and equity in media sector.
Scovia Mutesi from Panorama newspaper said that female journalists still lack self-confidence when they are with male journalists on field, they become more silent but this training gave them the opportunity to show that they have the capacity of producing good articles themselves without waiting for the support from their counterpart male.
According to Aisha Umukobwa from Pax Press, said that female journalists are likely to understand complaints and fears of women more than male reporters.
“During interviews, women were free to give us their opinions and challenges which avoid them to participate in elections because we are women like them, we get the chance to have correct and fair information.”She said
The training was organized in order to implement the 5 years Gender Mainstreaming Strategy putting in place by the Media High Council from 2013-2018 to promote gender in media sector.
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