By: Omar Faye
The Women Journalists Association of The Gambia (WOJAG) is aiming to break the perceive gender barriers in media industry.
Sarjo Camara-Singhateh, President of the Women Journalists Association of The Gambia said the training is aim towards developing policies and promote gender equity, tackle sexual harassment at work place through reporting on women issues.
Mrs Camara Singhateh was speaking during the launching of WOJAG’s project l yesterday at Media Academy for Journalism and Communication.
The project titled “Breaking gender barriers in the media,” Funded by the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO) in a tune of 22 thousand US Dollars, is meant to train 20 women journalists drawn from various media platforms.
She pointed out that: “The training would assist and change the narratives of women representation in the media, not to only train women journalists but also put together sexual harassment policies to sensitize media practitioners on sexual harassment in news rooms”
She said the training would also focus on core elective reporting on court, finance, agriculture and English Language amongst others.
Haddija Jawara, a supervisor of the training said the training is part of institutional reform process and capacity building of media affiliates by the Gambia Press Union.
She said women don’t have equality in the news rooms, adding that, male journalists are always given privileges than women journalists and that, it makes it very hard for them to climb the ladder when it comes to promotion amongst others.
Sang Mendy, Managing Director of the Media Academy for Journalism and Communication challenged the women trainees to work hard and demand more in what they need to know during the course of their training so that they could break the gender inequalities in the media
The project is supervise by the Gambia Press Union and implemented by WOJAG. It is expected to start on the 19 August and is expected to last for 4 months.