Project Coordinator, Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), Mr Paschal Anozie, has urged the media to promote ideas that would boost the campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country.
Anozie made the appeal while addressing journalists at a one-day training for media practitioners in Aba on GBV and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) rights.
Reports had it that the event was organised by Coalition of Eastern Non-governmental Organisations (CENGOS) in collaboration with the centre.
According to him, the role of the media in shaping the society through agenda setting cannot be over emphasised.
Anozie said that media practitioners ought to be equipped with the necessary skills to report gender-based violence incidents in a manner that would not perpetuate gender stereotypes.
He expressed optimism that the training would enhance media coverage of GBV and SRH issues; make them more visible and in turn force the society to acknowledge them as problems.
The state Coordinator of CENGOS, Ahurue Ubani-Ukoma, said that the prevalence of GBV, especially child sexual molestation, had become worrisome.
“The violation of the human rights of women and girls is still the least talked about, because most of them take place within the home.
“And family pressures and attitude ensure that they remain largely unreported, which helps to encourage GBV.
“It is for this reason that the media is being encouraged to become active participants in this campaign to end GBV through reports that will be in survivors’ best interest.’’ She said.
Mr Iyke Anaga, a resource person, later told newsmen that the coverage of SRH issues and GBV by the media was poor, urging that the media should desist from portraying victims of GBV in their news reports as the cause of the act.