African Women in Media (AWiM) has launched its Reporting Violence against Women and Girls (VAWGs) project.
The project, which will run for three years, recognises the many faces of VAWG, ranging from sexual violence to domestic violence, violence against women induced by insecurity, and even violence against women journalists. AWiM seeks to intervene in the current state of reporting stories of violence against women and girls in Nigeria, focusing on Borno, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Plateau states.
The project will build the capacity of 75 women journalists across the five states, develop a gender policy framework and media toolkit for newsrooms, and commission investigative stories.
“Violence Against and Girls continues to be a big social issue globally,” Dr Yemisi Akinbobola, co-founder and CEO, African Women in Media. “Through this intervention with media and journalists, we contribute our part to creating enabling environments for improved media reporting on this issue in Nigeria.”
The cohort of trained journalists will form a community of practice for ethical and gender-conscious reporting on VAWG. They will have the opportunity to pitch and produce a long-form investigative story.