Experts Discuss Equitable Gender Representation of Women in Media

Experts Discuss Equitable Gender Representation of Women in Media

The International Press Centre, IPC, is one of selected media organizations, civil society organizations, media regulatory bodies and media practitioners across the world discussing the repression of women in the media space at a sub-regional conference taking place in Dakar, Senegal. The conference with the theme “Working Together to Build and Regulate a Gender Inclusive

The International Press Centre, IPC, is one of selected media organizations, civil society organizations, media regulatory bodies and media practitioners across the world discussing the repression of women in the media space at a sub-regional conference taking place in Dakar, Senegal.

The conference with the theme “Working Together to Build and Regulate a Gender Inclusive West African Media Environment” is organized by the Panos Institute West Africa, PIWA, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Declaring the conference open, Diana Senghor, Executive Director, PIWA said the conference seeks to develop frameworks that would provide the legal, regulatory and operational environment that is more conducive to the production of gender sensitive and more inclusive journalism.

Senghor explained that it is imperative that certain measures are put in place to ensure that the media positively portrays women in a good light.
“The African media does not respect women and the contribution women play in the media is very minimal.

“Even when women are mentioned, they are not regarded as significant, the contents are biased and often discriminatory,” Senghor said.

She charged African journalists to fulfill their professional obligations and role as public service providers to bridge the imbalances in the coverage of women, adding that, it should portray women in a positive light.

On his part, Elvis Michel Kenwe of UNESCO West African Bureau, stated that it is the role of the media to ensure gender equality is achieved and not to promote stereotypes.

The three days conference, which holds from February 11th – 13th, seeks to engage relevant stakeholders towards building a gender inclusive environment across West Africa.

The IPC is being represented by Stella Nwofia, Program Manager, IPC and Mrs Victoria Ibanga, IPC Board Member, Gender. Other Nigerians at the conference are Mr. Edetaen Ojo, Media Rights Agenda and Blessing Oladunjoye, Publisher, BONews.

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