The British Council in Sierra Leone has collaborated with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL) to train journalists on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) reporting. The three days’ training forum commenced on Tuesday 30th November, 2010 at the British Council Auditorium, Tower Hill in Freetown.
In his welcome address to participants, British Council Country Director, Louisa Waddingham said the session was aimed at increasing the knowledge and understanding of media practitioners in investigating and reporting on SGBV. She in that regard implored participating journalists to make good use of the training session as according to her ‘it will build your capacity in reporting on gender matters.’
On behalf of her ministry, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Haja Saidata Sesay lauded the initiative of the Council, especially at a time when domestic violence is posing a menace in our society. She described gender based violence as any act or practice that results in a physical, sexual, physiological or economic harm or suffering to the victim. “Most men use their control and power over women and as a result it is the women that suffer greatly with at times nobody to come to their rescue, she noted, saying “the media can make a change and reduce the spate of Sexual and Gender Based Violence through continuous reporting on occurrences and endeavoring to preach against the perpetration of such violence against women and girls in our society.
A paper on the various categories of sexual and gender based violence and the position of the media in that domain was presented by Cesley Abdela, a Senior Partner of Consultancy Shevolution. In her presentation, she encouraged the participants to make good use of the workshop by making meaningful contributions for a way forward to curb the menace of violence against womenfolk as a vulnerable group.
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