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.