CEMESP, Partners Enhance Journalists’   Capacity 

MONROVIA-Oct 26-The Center for Media Studies  and Peace Building (CEMESP) and partners  that included UN Women , Sweden Sverige , United Nations Development Program (UNDP)Irish Aid  and Integrity Watch , the National Elections Commissions   have  commenced   a three-day intensive capacity building  for  journalists in Montserrado County  on Promoting  Gender Sensitive Reporting and positive portrayal of Women candidates.

Speaking during the opening of the training   the Executive   Director of CEMESP, Malcolm Joseph   indicated that the capacity building of the journalists   was intended   to enhance women political participation in Liberia.

According to Mr. Joseph,   the training was the third regional media training and engagement for Liberian journalists.

He said the training seeks to strength journalists’   capacity   to use their platforms to portray women   fairly in their various news reports to amplify the voices of women political candidates as the country moves   toward   the general and presidential elections.

 The Executive   Director of CEMESP further indicated that as  a media capacity developer institution, it  has developed gender sensitive  training materials   and  the concept with UN-Women   are used  to roll out   those training .

He disclosed  that  a total of four regional pieces of training has been designed  with the first being in Bong , as journalists came from Lofa, Margibi and Nimba  while the second  in Grand  Bassa  with journalists  from others counties,  and the third  in  Monrovia respectively .

During the training, the participants were able to acquire gender-related concepts, gender gaps in Liberian politics, and violence against women in politics and elections.

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