16 Days of Activism logo. Photo credit: www.phoenixyouth.com.au

16 Days of Activism logo. Photo credit: www.phoenixyouth.com.au

Journalists from the mainstream media, student journalists from the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and members of Vois Blong Mere Solomons have successfully completed a two days workshop on “Reporting on Gender-based Violence” in Honiara.

Workshop facilitator Atenasi Wasuka who is also the Project Coordinator for the Elimination of Violence Against Women for the UN Women Solomon Islands and Vanuatu says the workshop aims to raise critical awareness on the ways in which gender violence is covered.

Opening the workshop, she said it also provides practical tips on reporting gender-based violence, saying it demonstrates more sensitive approaches to covering gender-base violence and generate more gender-sensitive reporting on gender-based violence.

The workshop also aims to equip journalists to better understand how to use the right words when reporting on gender-base violence especially when writing issues during the 16 Days of Activism which starts next Wednesday.

The workshop ends today.

Meanwhile, Director of Vois Blong Mere Solomons, Josephine Teakeni says it is important to train members of the media in the country to better understand how to report on gender-based violence to produce accurate and fair information to the public regarding this issue.

Ms Teakeni told SIBC News during the ‘Distaem Nao’ program today.

“So it’s very important especially with the 16 Days campaign where we campaigned against gender-based violence against women for the media to understand well what gender-based violence is all about so they can better report and make this year’s campaign a successful one.”

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