Why we sensitised journalists, right activists, others on VAWG in C’River… WACOL

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A Non-governmental Organization, and legal service provider, Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL), has given insights into why they organised a one day training and capacity building on Violence Against Women & Girls(VAWG) in Cross River State NEGROIDHAVEN can report.

Speaking during the event which held at Marian Hotel Calabar, the Cross River State Capital on Saturday, the Founding Director of (WACOL) Prof Ezeilo SAN OON, represented by Anulika Ezennia said “the training is aimed at monitoring, evaluating and reporting cases of violence against women and girls”.

The training aimed at training National Human Rights institutions, media, and other critical stakeholders on reporting and following up on obligations in relations to human rights monitoring and reporting on VAWG in Nigeria.

According to Ezeilo, reporters and the media establishment should be careful, creative on how they report issues of Gender based violence.

Her words, “Cross River State is one of the six (6) states we had the training in. Recently we had training in Ebonyi, we want to desensitise the people on how to be creative most especially the media and other related human rights agencies in their reportage.

“Journalists and the media should fact check their reports so that they can earn sustained trust, so as not to open themselves to litigation.

“Reporters or anybody reporting genderbase Violence must be careful. It is therefore necessary for stakeholders to be sensitive and try not to objectify women in their report.

“We should be careful to environments and objectives to certain approaches and also be selective in pictures”.

Part of the events was a development of a workable action plan by WACOL that will assist the media and new technologies to promote awareness on human rights, gender equality and violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Established in 1997 as an independent, non-political, non-governmental and non-profit organization WACOL was registered in 2000 as a company limited by guarantee as a charitable organization with the Corporate Affairs of Commission (CAC), Nigeria.

WACOL’s vision is a democratic society free from violence and abuse, where human rights of all in particular women and young people are recognized in law and practice. Its mission is to assist in the education, social, economic and political development of women and young people through a wide range of services: training, research, advocacy, shelter, free legal and financial aid, intra-familial/community conflict resolution, and information and library services. The organization works throughout Nigeria and in the West African sub-region and beyond.





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