A one-day capacity building programme for members of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), has ended in Port Harcourt with a call on the participants to do more of investigative reporting and equally strive to highlight issues bordering on gender-based violence.
The training programme, which was held at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre, Port Harcourt and designed for female journalists drawn from the print, electronic media, bloggers and social media Influencers, was organised by the Sole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism.
The Facilitator of the training, Ann Godwin, charged female journalists not to limit themselves in the profession but to step up and build their professional careers through seminars, trainings and workshops to enable them fill the leadership spaces.
Godwin, who is the head of the Port Harcourt office of Guardian Newspapers, urged the participants to develop the spirit of ‘I can do it’ by being thorough, disciplined, outspoken and unbiased in their reportage.
She stressed the need to give priority attention in reporting sexual gender-based violence issues with the aim of stemming the menace, noting that such stories can earn awards, good recognition to women journalists and urged them to step up by working hard, do more investigative stories and network with each other to attain amiable heights in the profession.
On his path, the Executive Director of Media Career Development Network, Lekan Otufodunrin, in a virtual presentation charged the female journalists to be intentional, focused and determined to take the profession to an enviable height.
Otufodunrin urged the participants to put to practice what they have acquired from the training as they aspire to be at the apex of the profession.
Also speaking, the Acting Chairperson of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, (FIDA), Rivers State, Nnenna Igbokwe, who lamented the increasing rate of gender-based violence during and after the Covid-19 lockdown in the state maintained that the association will not relent in ensuring that the issues are brought to the barest minimum.
Similarly, Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ), Rivers State chapter, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana charged the participants to step up their games and aspire to be the best in the pen profession.
Also speaking, Coordinator, Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, Prince Wiro, who lamented the high rate of internal trafficking in Rivers State, encouraged female journalists to be more intentional in reporting issues that concern women.