Kawthar Ahmed at the GRFP workshop in Abuja

Experts in Nigeria are currently training local journalists in gender-sensitive reporting.

TechHer, a nongovernmental organization concerned about improving the quality of lives of women believes social biases against women is partly linked to lack of capacity to ‘broadly’ report issues about women and children.

The Gender Reporting for media Professionals workshop holding in Abuja, is to tackle barriers to “effectively reporting gender-based stories in Nigeria,” an Official of TechHer, Kawthar Ahmed said, Friday.

Ahmed said, “The objectives of the workshop are to create and mobilize demand for the fair and balanced portrayal of women in Nigeria;

“Train at least 60 media professionals in gender-balanced communication across the country;

“Transform social commentary around gender-based issues by simulating gender balanced news reports; and

“Contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nigeria.”

The training, in collaboration with Premium Times, Ford Foundation and British Council started Friday, and ends Saturday with a gender-reporting tool-kit to be produced by participants.