Work­shop helps me­dia re­port gen­der violence

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHA­HANI MALA Edited by Paula Tu­vuki Feed­back: sha­hani.mala@fi­

Jour­nal­ists from dif­fer­ent me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try have un­der­gone train­ing on how they can cover sto­ries on gen­der-based violence. The work­shop was or­gan­ised by the Aus­tralian Pa­cific Me­dia As­sis­tance Scheme (PACMAS) in con­junc­tion with FemLink Pa­cific at the Tanoa Plaza Ho­tel in Suva.

The aim is to train jour­nal­ists on how they can cover sto­ries on gen­der-based violence dur­ing the 16 Days of Ac­tivism Against Gen­der-Based Violence Cam­paign. The 16 days gen­der-based violence will be from Novem­ber 25 to De­cem­ber 10. This year’s theme is: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Ed­u­ca­tion Safe for All”. End­ing Violence Pro­gramme spe­cial­ist Abby Erik­son said: “I think the me­dia plays a very im­por­tant role and re­ally re­port­ing the facts and statis­tics about is­sues of violence and por­tray­ing ac­cu­rate por­tals of the sit­u­a­tions about women in Fiji. “One of the most im­por­tant thing is look­ing at the Fiji Women’s Cri­sis Cen­tre (FWCC) study which re­ally ex­am­ines why violence is hap­pen­ing, who is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the violence and what are the rea­son for th­ese violence.” Ms Erik­son said it is very im­por­tant for the me­dia to cre­ate aware­ness on violence against women. FemLink Pa­cific pro­gramme as­so­ciate me­dia ad­vo­cacy Sian Rolls said: “It’s a work­shop that’s look­ing into cou­ple of thing pri­mar­ily to pro­vide ca­pac­ity build­ing to mem­bers of the me­dia and also our Civil So­ci­ety part­ners so that there is mu­tual un­der­stand­ing that been built through this work­shop. Dur­ing the 16 days cam­paigns, Pro­tect against Do­mes­tic Violence will be cel­e­brated on Novem­ber 25, Women Hu­man Right De­fence on Novem­ber 29, World AIDS Day on De­cem­ber 1 and World Hu­man Rights Day on De­cem­ber 10.

Fiji Sun jour­nal­ist Sha­hani Mala (left) and other par­tic­i­pants at the Tanoa Plaza Ho­tel in Suva.

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