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Upper East media trained on gender-responsive reporting

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21 selected journalists in the Upper East Region were trained to appropriately report on issues of gender responsiveness. The capacity building sought to promote the need for females to play a critical role in the decision-making process both at the community level and local governance system.

The day training was organised by the Community Development and Advocacy Center (CODAC), a Civil Society Organization that works to promote equal opportunities for all.

The Executive Director of CODAC, Bukari Issaku said the training was necessary for the media to be circumspect when reporting on issues of gender responsiveness considering the norms and values associated with the sector.

He expressed optimism that the training will strengthen the media to galvanise their support in promoting gender-based issues which will see more women contesting and winning the upcoming District Level Election in Upper East Region.

“So, the issue is not just about training the media but what CODAC can do for the media to increase women’s participation in decision-making processes. Women are more than men based on Ghana’s population but if women are not involved in the decision-making process, then at the end of the day, we will not have a successful society”, he stated.

The media training formed part of activities of the ‘Gender Rights and Empowerment Program (G-REP) project led by the STAR-Ghana Foundation with funding from the Foreign, Common Wealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom.

CODAC is implementing the 3-year project in the Bawku West District and the Bolgatanga Municipality. Mr. Issaku said his outfit hopes to achieve its target by identifying and profiling aspiring assembly and unit committee women as Ghana readies for the District Level Election in 2023.

The Executive Director of CODAC mentioned that traditional leaders in the region will also serve as “role models to advocate and lobby for women to participate in decision-making processes”.

A Development Consultant, Sumaila Saaka who facilitated the training applauded the Upper East Region media for promoting and projecting the role of women in traditional and local governance structures.

Mr. Saaka who said women’s role in the development of the country cannot be overemphasized added that more women can take up leadership roles when they take up roles at the traditional and district-level governance.

He therefore called for support from CSOs, and NGOs to support the media with capacity-building training, and financial and logistics support which constraints them in advocating to bridge the gender inequality.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Bolgatanga|Ghana

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