United Nations collaborates Women Radio to organize media dialogue on gender responsive reporting

The United Nations (UN) Women have concluded arrangements in partnership with ST. IVES Communication (Women Radio), to hold media dialogue with Media Executives to discuss issues around Gender Responsive Reporting in Nigeria.

Penpushing reports that United Nations (UN) Women Representative to Nigeria and Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Ms. Beatrice Eyong said the event will take place on Thursday 1st September 2022 between 9am- 11am at the Radisson Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State

‘The media dialogue aims to bring critical stakeholders from the media sector to discuss on how best to address gender inequality gaps in Nigeria, and to elicit actionable commitments towards leveraging the media to create awareness’,Eyong said.

Penpushing further reports that, the dialogue will equally clarify misconceptions and mobilize wider public support to strengthen chances for increased participation and representation in decision making positions in Nigeria

The Executive Director, Women Radio, who doubles as United Nations(UN) Women Media Consultant, Toun Okewale-Sonaiya corroborating the scheduled media dialogue, pointed out that women and girls are marginalized and experience several forms of discrimination such as land ownership, among others

‘Women and girls are marginalized and experience several forms of discrimination such as land ownership, inheritance, education, employment, political leadership etc. and equally endure sexual and gender-based violence, which has further widened the gulf of gender inequality in Nigeria’, she stated.

‘Despite several efforts from civil society, gender equality activists and government stakeholders in over a decade-long journey, the low participation and representation of women in all aspect of our development remains unimaginably low’, Okewale-Sonaiya said.

Penpushing also reports that, the media consultant explained that, the media dialogue also aim to develop a Media Pact between United Nations (UN) Women and Media Organizations for future engagement, adding that participants choice was based on their commitment and notable contributions of their media organization to advancing women’s rights and gender equality.

Meanwhile, in a related development some selected political reporters are also to participate in a two-day training session on the same subject matters, which is coming up between 1st and 2nd September, 2022 in Lagos State

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