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Taraba first lady charges women journalists to educate the world on gender-based violence, others through reportage 

Taraba first lady charges women journalists to educate the world on gender-based violence, others through reportage 


Taraba first lady charges women journalists to educate the world on gender-based violence, others through reportage 

Mrs Anna Darius Ishaku, wife of the Taraba State Governor on Monday admonished the Women Journalists to tied up their leashes in educating the world on Gender equity and Gender-based violence through reportage.

Mrs Darius made the call in an address during an opening ceremony of a three-day training workshop organized by the Nigeria Union of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in partnership with the Northern Union of Journalists (NORSK), held at the Gym hall of Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo.

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The workshop with the theme: “Gender Equity And Safety/Gender Sensitive Reporting For Women Journalists being the first of its kind, drew participants from all Nuj Chapels in the state including National officers of the association.

The wife of the Governor, Her Excellency Barr. Anna Darius affirmed that the state has women that have a great passion for redefining the narrative of unionism in Nigeria.

She applauded the effort of the national officials of the association under the leadership of Comrade Ladi Bala, for bringing the training to Taraba and stressed the need for women journalists to get involved through training and reporting events which the public can comprehend and act to ascertain maximum balanced in their reportage.

Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku, however, encouraged women journalists to participate and get involved through training to fit in especially in an endemic state with a lot of violence and trafficking to obliterate the menace.

Taraba State Commissioner for information and Reorientation, Barr. Danjuma Adamu in an address of welcome described the event as unique been it the first of its kind since the creation of the state in 1991.

He also encouraged women journalists to be vibrant as they learn the skills of reporting in the challenging society of the 21st century.

Barrister Danjuma Adamu also called on States Governors to emulate Governor Darius Ishaku, who is a gender-sensitive governor who has given prominent positions to women in the state such as Commissioners, Judges, and heads of Civil Service as well as at the local government level.

The image maker of the state government, Adamu, further revealed that the Governor has also directed that all Secretaries of the sixteen local government councils should be women, a policy that had been faithfully implemented.

On her part, the National President of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Comrade Ladi Bala strongly appraised Her Excellency, Barr. Anna Darius for her passion for enhancing the rights of women journalists in the Taraba state.

She also advocated for women journalists to rise and take responsibility in portraying women as a well-equipped tool for informing and educating society without any form of restrictions.

“Even as gender issues are development, I see the woman with great responsibility as I’m a wife, mother, nurse, teacher, a career woman, and More, so I need a conducive environment to deliver my duties even as a nursing mother.” Comrade Ladi Bala stressed.

Also in an interview, the NAWOJ state Chairperson, Mrs Hilda Adebayo appreciated the wife of the Governor for being a mother who always support and encourages them on the need to use the powers of their pen to educate and fight women’s rights to have a better society.

Mrs Adebayo noted that the training would equip women journalists to be highly functional in society in terms of dealing with their reportage.

“NAWOJ and the Northern Union of Journalists stretch the crippled nature of gender disparities amongst the journalists, socially constructed role of gender, carrying all along in terms of sensitivity and safety of women in journalism. The three days training was meant to enhance advocacy especially for women journalists” The Chairperson added.

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Our Correspondent observed that the NAWOJ National President was received among other members of the association by the Vice President, North East Zone, Comrade Docas, the zonal Secretary, Comrade Tani, stakeholders such as Comrade Elizabeth Smith and Comrade Lydia Kurutsi as well as all Chairpersons and Secretaries of various chapels in the state.

Also, prominent guests at the event were the state Head of service, Madam Suzy Nathan, the President of the National Council of Women’s Society (NCWS), and the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Taraba state Council, Comrade David Nyah among other dignitaries.

Taraba first lady charges women journalists to educate the world on gender-based violence, others through reportage 

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