he United Nations (UN) Women in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, UNICEF, and the Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau State Ministries of Women Affair is implementing an EU-funded programme on Women Peace and Security (WPS); titled ‘Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria’. The programme seeks to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings.
In this vein, the crème de crème of 74 Adamawa based journalists on Saturday 4th to fashion out plans towards relevant and professional reportage geared towards issues seeking an end to the spate of violence in the region, most importantly on gender and security.
The meeting, which was held at the conference hall of the Nigeria Union of journalist (NUJ), and facilitated by United Nations Women media network talks and discussion on how Journalist need to write more on the issue, and enhance the speedy signing of the bill by lawmakers.
Active UN Women Media Network member, Comrade Zare Baba who was a resource person said the media is a critical partner in the passage of the bill, and urged journalists to have the passion to promote gender related issues as issues affecting women largely go unreported or are underreported.
Also speaking at the meeting, Mr. Dean Peter, a member of the UN Women Media Network, said Adamawa is a pilot state in the implementation of United Nations resolution 1325 stressing the need journalists to actively participate in the move.
Speaking on issues relating to women, other resource persons, Billy Graham Abel and Solomon Kumanga, identified stereotype, religion and culture as impediments in reporting women issues.
Isaac Maiums, a representative of Search For Common Ground, in a closing remarking, appreciated the participants for attending the meetings and urged them to make use of the resolutions reached towards improving on the plight of women.