Alhassan Ndaman Aishah
The conference themed “the importance and know-how of gender-sensitive reporting was held at Kwara Hotels on the 28th of August, 2021, and had in attendance Mr. Abdul-Lateef Lanre Ahmed, chairman, NUJ, Kwara state Council; Mrs. Christy Abayomi Oluwole, CEO Global hope for women and children foundation; Mr. Taiwo Adediran, the Head of News Reporting, RoyalFM, Ilorin.
In her welcome remarks, Mrs. Temitope Oluleye, convener, urged everyone to pay attention because the topic under discussion is delicate and affects every citizen of the country.
During his keynote lecture, Mr. Abdul-lateef Lanre Ahmed, Chairman, NUJ, Kwara State Council, emphasized gender concerns and gender-sensitive reporting. As a result of repeated uncertainties, he discussed the vulnerability and victimization of women and children in society.
He then exhorted people to always have a constructive impact on society.
Mrs. Christy Abayomi Oluwole, during her speech “importance of the collaboration between the media and NGOs on gender-sensitive issues”, emphasized the fact that gender is everyone’s business and we should do away with every stereotype regarding gender. However, the female gender has been at a disadvantage because of the patriarchal nature of people in society.
Mrs. Christy Abayomi Oluwole during her speech, underlined the necessity of collaboration between the media and NGOs on gender-sensitive matters, emphasizing that gender is everyone’s business and that we should eliminate all gender stereotypes. However, because of the patriarchal nature of people in society, the feminine gender has been at a disadvantage.
According to her, NGOs need to collaborate with the media to sensitize the community on the need for gender equality and equity. Even in the media, 73% of the people are males, hence the need to ensure a fair representation of every gender in the media. She concluded by stating that her NGO is ready for any form of partnership/collaboration because they are human rights activists and that is what they stand for.
Mr. Taiwo Adediran, Head of News Reporting, RoyalFM, Ilorin, asserted that this issue affects him personally and in general during his speech, “the importance and basics of gender-sensitive reporting.” He then cautioned people in the media to be careful of the terms they use while reporting and advised women to be involved in all aspects of life.