As part of activity in strengthening capacity and media engagement, Anti-AIDS Media Network (AAMIN) has trained 25 talk show hosts in Montserrado County.
In an overview during the two-days training, AAMIN officer-in-charge, Mark B. Newa said talk show hosts must understand the concept of diversity and need for tolerance and inclusiveness.
The training exercise which took place at the compound of Lutheran Church in Liberia on 13th Street in Sinkor ended Tuesday, October 13, 2020. It is sponsored by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS).The training focused on building the capacity of talk show hosts to use appropriate languages in setting agenda for discussion on sexual reproductive health and rights and HIV issues in the country.
Mr. Newa indicated that what is expected of every talk show host in Monrovia is to be aware of Liberia`s current HIV status where key populations and other marginalized groups are at high risk.
Another presenter cautioned all the media practitioners in the room to be cognizant that the role of talk show hosts is to set the agenda to discuss issues surrounding HIV, sexual reproductive health and rights.
“Talk show hosts across Monrovia must know what to look for and what to talk about because they set the platform for discussions that shape public opinion,” the presenter added.
In a remark at the close of the exercise, Charles Lawrence, program officer for Democratic Governance and Human Rights at the Swedish Embassy in Liberia lauded the journalists for the exchange of ideas to shape and tailor the discussion on HIV and SRHR issues in the country.
In another remark, Dayougar Johnson, the focal person for the American Jewish World Service in Liberia also applauded AAMIN and all the talk show hosts that participated in the training and further assured them that they will extend the engagement at another level.
“We thank all of you for continuing to speak on human rights issues at such a critical time. There is a need to continue the engagement because such is not an event but a process,” Mr. Johnson said.
Speaking on behalf of the talk show hosts, Olive Stevenson, who works at OK FM, commended AAMIN for sharpening the knowledge-base of talk show hosts on HIV and SRHR issues, and further recommended more media engagements to also sharpen the skills of other journalists to set and manage their platforms in discussing HIV and SRHR-related issues in the country.