Sexual Gender Based Violence(SGBV) remains topical across societies as stakeholders move a step further in engaging journalists in the fight against the all forms of gender based violence.
Statistics obtained from different organizations show that women are victims of SGBV as compared to their male counterparts. This is despite awareness campaigns held over the years.
In order to address gender based violence(GBV), Zimbabwe Union of Journalists(ZUJ) in collaboration with various stakeholders recently conducted an SGBV Sensitization Training Workshop for journalists in Harare. This was attended by Journalists from different media organizations.
In a presentation, Shamwari Yemwanasika Programme Manager Florence Mutakei said journalists have a role in raising awareness on SGBV.
“Sexual Gender Based Violence is still a topical issue in our societies and media has a role to inform the public by raising awareness through information dissemination,” she reiterated.
The training workshop became an eye opener for different media practitioners as the learnt of the latest developments in the context of gender based violence. Some of the developments speaks to legal frameworks, implementation of the Spotlight Initiative as part of collaborative response to SGBV.
Zimbabwe Union of Journalists(ZUJ) President Michael Chideme urged all the stakeholders to engage journalists in their outreach programmes to remote areas.
“Most journalists are stationed in urban areas and they might not have the capacities to fully cover events taking place in rural areas. I am urging all our stakeholders to also engage journalists whenever they are having events out of towns.”
The media training workshop on SGBV was also attended by representatives from Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC), United Nations Population Fund(UNPFA), MUSASA Shamwari Yemwanasikana and Victims Friendly Unity(VFU).