CJID launches gender-based violence reporting manual

the Center for Journalistic Innovation and Development (CJID), on Tuesday launched a manual on reporting on gender-based violence in an effort to better guide journalists and researchers on reporting on gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria and West Africa. According to Tobi Oluwatola, interim executive director of the center, the manual launched in Abuja hopes to educate the media to correctly report on issues of gender-based violence and all issues related to gender inclusion, as it is essential for sustainable development. Endorsing the roles of the media, Mr. Oluwatola noted that “on the one hand, the media must correctly shape the stereotypes and norms around gender reporting that lead to gender-based violence, and on the other hand, the The media must hold society accountable when incidents occur. occur.” “The role of CJID is to support the media in playing their role as gatekeepers, agenda makers and guardians of democracy and it is in this spirit that we have produced this gender-based reporting manual.” Formerly known as the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), CJID is a non-governmental organization, founded in 2014, to promote a truly independent media landscape that advances fundamental human rights, good governance and accountability in West Africa. through investigative journalism. open data and civic technology. In her remarks, Busola Ajibola, deputy director of CJID’s journalism program, said that the released book is not only intended for journalists, but will help all media professionals to understand and learn how to report on GBV issues in a ethics that do not de-escalate or stigmatize victims. Participants in the launch of the manual on gender violence of the CJID Ganiyat Tijani-Adenle, a book critic and professor at the Faculty of Communication at Lagos State University, said the manual reveals the framework that entrenches gender-based violence in Nigeria, as well as in other Anglophone West African countries. “The gems in this handbook are not intended to help the media to help only women overcome gender-based violence, as men also experience gender-based violence, but there is unanimous agreement that women, girls and children experience gender-based violence at an alarmingly high rate. , compared to men,” she explained. Ms. Tijani-Adenle noted that the manual’s focus is on women without dismissing the various ways in which Nigerian culture undermines the silent struggles of men, due to the expectation that they are ‘strong’ and should not be vulnerable to violence. abuse or violence. Similarly, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, executive director of the Women Defenders Research and Documentation Center (WARDC), recognized that the media plays an important role in reporting on gender and has the power to broaden the knowledge of the public and those in charge. to formulate policies. CJID guests and staff with newly released manual However, he said, “how the media reports on gender-based violence can determine the degree of importance that the public and policymakers give to the issue, and how solutions are sought.” Role of the media in denouncing gender violence The event also featured a five-person panel that discussed “the role of the media in ending gender-based violence and achieving gender equality.” Jola Ayeye, co-founder of Salt and Truth Media, who was one of the panelists, said that “the manual is really important as it will move from a society where things just happen to one where we think deeply about how we treat each other. one another, how we punish and talk about issues of gender violence”. “I think this policy document is important, particularly on the occasion of International Women’s Day because a lot can be done about how the media talks about people who have experienced any form of violence,” she said. ALSO READ: IWD: Group urges National Assembly to stop constitutional bias against women Ms Ayeye said that “as a society, we have not been socialized to think carefully about how we talk about women who have been assaulted against them and how we present this information to the general public.” Funke Baruwa, Ford Foundation Program Officer, expressing his organization’s pride in supporting the project, said he believes the manual is a set of tools that will help the media to report well, truthfully and fairly on related issues. with gender violence. . CJID management and staff According to Ms. Baruwa, over the years, journalists have reported on gender-based violence issues against the background of a lack of knowledge of what the issues are or what the focus should be. He noted that as a result of this, attention is focused on the victim/survivor and judged against them rather than the perpetrator. It’s not entirely the media’s fault, though, she said, “we also haven’t done enough to help the media understand the complexities of gender-based violence.” Ms. Baruwa added that she hopes that the media will commit to the manual for reporting on gender-based violence. “This is a book that I think every newsroom should have,” said Moji Makanjuola, executive director of the International Society for Media and Public Health. “What we have now is an epidemic considering the number of people who have been victims.” Gender violence in Nigeria The incidence of gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria, according to the United Nations Population Fund, is growing astronomically with insurgency activities in the northeast. From forced and early marriages to the physical, mental or sexual assault of a woman, nearly three in 10 Nigerian women have experienced physical violence before the age of 15 (NDHS 2013). #BreakTheBias This statistic experienced an exponential increase in the wake of the pandemic in Nigeria. According to a 2021 UN Women report, 48% of Nigerian women have experienced at least one form of violence since the COVID-19 pandemic. advertisements In addition, more than 3,600 cases of rape were recorded in Nigeria during the lockdown, Minister for Women’s Affairs and Social Development Pauline Tallen said during a courtesy visit to Senate Vice President Ovie Omo-Agege in 2020. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; CJID launches gender-based violence reporting manual