MFWA trains journalists in Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire on gender-sensitive journalism

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), with support from the  French media development Agency, Canal France International (CFI), is organising a five-day separate training workshop on Gender-Sensitive Journalism in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.

The initiative forms part of efforts to promote gender equality in the media in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana under the project titled Equal Voices. The objective of the project is to combat gender inequalities and stereotypes while promoting women at all levels of responsibility in Ivorian and Ghanaian societies through gender-aware and gender-sensitive media practices.

Eight media organisations – four each in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana are the beneficiaries under the project. Media managers from the selected media organisations will also participate in a series of Peer-to-peer learning; Coaching and Mentorship sessions where they will be trained to be more gender aware.

The Gender-Sensitive reporting training is expected to enhance the capabilities of selected journalists from the eight project media organisations in both countries in the theories and foundations of gender/women’s rights as well as analyzing the representation of women in media towards addressing gender stereotypes. Participants will also engage in practical story development sessions, receiving guidance to produce and publish more gender-sensitive reports and be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to engage in gender-sensitive journalism, contributing to a more balanced and inclusive representation in media.

The MFWA and CFI on September 27, 2023, officially launched the Equal Voices in Accra. The Gender-Sensitive Journalism workshops are scheduled to take place concurrently in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire from November 20 -24, 2023.

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