The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) on Monday began a training for 21 female reporters on ways to report Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
The annual program which started in 2017 is tagged Female Reporters’ Leadership Program (FRLP) and supported by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
The Executive Director of WSCIJ, Motunrayo Alaka while speaking at the opening ceremony of the four days training in Lagos State said that the FRLP was organised for issues on ethics, equity, equality and sustainability to be upheld in the media.
“We noticed that there were very few editors in chief that were females in Nigeria. We saw that voices in news were mostly male. Women are scarce as sources of news and experts. We had to conclude that women were underrepresented and misrepresented,” Alaka said.
She noted that women are often projected as victims and while perpetrators of crime are hidden, the survivors, particularly females are splashed all over the media.
She stressed that SGBV is the other pandemic which happens worldwide, adding that the program will focus on violence against women and girls.
She further noted that culture and religion are the big elephants while reporting related issues. She however urged media houses to create a policy that ensures women occupy a certain percentage of leadership positions in the newsroom.
Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism which began operations in 2005 is a non-profit organisation focused on promoting investigative reporting as a tool for achieving accountable governance in Nigeria.