Give fair representation to women, WACC urges media owners

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 18th, 2014
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The Africa region of World Association of Christian Communication (WACC AR) has urged media owners and communicators in Africa to focus on issues that concern women in their reporting.

This according to the body will help in stemming the tide of violence against women in the region and also give them a fair representation in the emancipation of the continent.

WACC made the call at the end of a three-day seminar on Gender and Communication in Africa at War and in Peace in Nairobi, Kenya which held from 4th-7th August 2014.

The organization in the communiqué, signed by the newly elected President of the Africa region, Mathilda Kpalla and Secretary, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin urged media owners to give space to promote women based issues in their media and be gender sensitive in the recruitment of those who are purveyors of news in the media.

WACC AR also called on media professionals to endeavor to “profile the role and perspectives of women before, during and after conflict and in peace and security processes.

“They should also endeavor to promote national and regional monitoring on women’s right issue and use their media to work on the issue of changing socio-cultural norms that are against women”

It also observed that the internet has been used to perpetuate violence against women and urged internet service providers to work towards removing content that perpetuate violence against women on the internet and drive the campaign to stem the tide of illicit postings on the internet.

While observing that women are the most vulnerable group in conflict situations, participants at the seminar called on governments at all levels in African countries to ratify and domesticate United Nation’s and Africa Union’s recommendations on issues of rights that concern women and also create awareness on national action plans for implementation of the resolutions.

It also urged civil society groups to work towards changing attitudes of society and socio-cultural norms towards women and girls while also calling on churches and faith based organizations to broaden their teachings beyond evangelism to include issues on women’s rights

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