66 female journalists from different local media outlets were trained on life style and how they can use social media platforms efficiently and effectively to boost their careers.
The training held from 21st to 26th May 2019 was organized by the Media High Council in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Rwanda) and The Association of Rwandese Female Journalists (ARFEM).
Among the topic covered during the aforementioned training, were sexual harassment and how it affects the victims and the organization at large; and the use of social media in establishing institutional online presence, telling stories and shaping the narrative.
Joyeuse Marie Claire, a journalist from KT Radio who spoke on behalf of the trainees during the closing ceremony, appreciated the training and said that now they know how they can use different social media platforms to brand themselves and how they can be on the helm of the fight against sexual harassment.
“ We not only learnt how as journalists we can report on issues regarding sexual harassment and gender based violence but how we can advocate for policies that prevent those vices and give a safe reporting environment to those who face them”.
In her remarks, Roselyn Sinemani, UNDP Deputy Country Director in charge of Operations, congratulated Rwanda for initiating media reforms which started with the revised 2012 media law followed by the promulgation of the Access to Information Law and the creation of a self regulating body.
She added that she believes this training empowered women media practitioners, not only in terms of their career growth but also through increasing women’s voice and promoting gender equality in the media sector.
The Exective Secretary of the Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, said that there is no doubt that the trainees are ready to go and empower women in their newsrooms who didn’t have a chance to attend the training, and start campaigns that aim at having policies against sexual harassment in newsroom.
“In this era journalism is shifting to social media, we hope that the training equipped you with all the skills you need to position yourself on the top and serve as the motivation and inspiration to young girls who are reluctant to join media sector”. He added
Statistics by Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) which accredits journalists shows that only 27% of more than 900 accredited journalists are female.
Prepared by: MUKANEZA Marie Ange
Public Relations & Communication Officer