Media Women schooled on gender equality in election reporting

“Ensuring a gender sensitive coverage of the upcoming council and legislative elections in Cameroon” is the theme of a three day seminar organised by the Cameroon Association of Women in Media, AFMEC at Tou’Ngou hotel Yaoundé.

Over 70 female journalists from all the 10 Regions of the country answered present at the seminar to promote gender equality in media coverage during elections.

The media women are also being drilled on gender equality on coverage and reporting of elections issue in Cameroon during presentation by experts, working sessions in groups, question and answer session, and group discussions.

AFMEC is an association that started last year, after six Cameroonian women participated in a U.S exchange program for female journalists.

During the opening of the conference, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Yaoundé, Leanne Cannon told the participants that “As media professionals you also have a sacred duty as the watchdog of democracy, also to report professionally and accurately”

The specific objectives for the seminar include

# incite media women’s interest in reporting political issues like the council and legislative elections

# Refresh their minds on the code of ethics of the profession

# sensitizes media women on their role to ensure gender sensitive coverage and reporting.

# provides media women with practical tips on how to endure equitable and efficient coverage and reporting of elections.

Rukkayah Mohammed (intern)

Elvis Teke

Journalist, Online Reporter, News Presenter, Programme Anchor, Peace Advocate, Geo-strategist,

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