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Female journalists strategises against violence against women in Nigeria

In commemoration of 16 days of activism against gender violence ActionAid Nigeria and the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) organised a two-day strategy meeting on how the media can contribute to eliminating violence against women and girls.

ActionAid and the National Association of Women Journalists have developed a media strategy aimed at tackling violence against women and girls in Nigeria.The strategy includes: Increased and sustained coverage of stories on violence against women through investigtive processes and critique of entertainment and advert agencies that propagate violence against women through negative portrayal of women as sex objects or as deserving acts of violence, including sexual violence.

According to Patience Ekeoba, ActionAid Nigeria's Women's Rights Programme Coordinator:

Nigerian journalists need to be more proactive and keep themselves up to date on local and international laws that protect women’s rights so that they can better hold government accountable on their responsibility to guarantee the security and welfare of women in the country.

She further stated that journalists need to rise up to the responsibility of educating the public on women’s human rights and emphasise the fact that women have no less rights than men.

 

Editors' notes

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Contact: Onyinyechi Okechukwu, Communications Advisor, ActionAid Nigeria at Onyinyechi.Okechukwu@actionaid.org