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IFJ holds training for women journalists on safety, gender issues

Kaduna March 27, 2019

Journalists in the country have been advised to prioritise their safety in the course of their duties.

The advise was given during a 2-day workshop on Gender Equity and Safety for Female Journalists, organised by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in collaboration with the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) on Wednesday in Kaduna.

The facilitator, Mrs. Veronica Ogbole, said the training was important because  safety and security are vital for Journalism work’particularly because of the hot spots they cover.

”We believe Journalists need to get training on security issues, how to stay alive first, because it is when you are alive that you can file any report, dead or wounded Journalists cannot certainly file any reports.

“We desire to have equality regardless of gender in the profession because we believe every citizen, Journalist can contribute to the issues of development.

“We hope these series of trainings will continue so that we can train as many Journalists as possible.

“We have started training in other states, but by the time we are able to get funding from other international organisations or Nigerians that are concerned we will expand the training to Journalists all over the country” she said.

On her part, Rafat Salami, another facilitator who presented a lecture on combating sexual harassment in workplace called on women journalists to always stand their ground in protecting their dignity while discharging their duties.

Speaking at the event, Adamu Yusuf,  Kaduna  State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said the workshop was apt because of the importance of safety to the profession.

He said that journalists should be given equal opportunity and access to required information regardless of their gender.

NAN reports that the training was supported by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed and would also hold in Nasarawa state.

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