Network of community radio reporters focus on gender issues

The training, which started in Nampula and continues online, focuses on gender-responsive reporting and related aspects.

NAMPULA, 5 August 2021 – When the latest Covid-19 restrictions kicked in last month, h2n was training 48 community radio reporters from the northern provinces on gender-responsive reporting. The training started with a week of in-person sessions in Nampula and is now continuing by remote learning and video.

“We often use the terms gender-sensitive and gender-responsive communication interchangeably, but we see sensitivity as being aware of and responsiveness as taking concrete steps to overcome gender inequality,” explained Neusa Fortunato, one of the h2n facilitators, who is based in Beira. “It is well-known that female reporters face challenges that men do not, and they often have to fight for their place,” said Tânia Mabunguane, another h2n facilitator, who is based in Mocuba.

As a result of the training program, which is a joint effort under the Coragem community radio project funded by USAID and the Asas gender equality project funded by Canada, both implemented by h2n, a communication network of reporters focused on gender equality was established.

“The network helps empower the reporters to engage their audiences on relevant gender issues within their communities,” said Rui Lamarques, Executive Director of Midia Lab, which co-implements the training program.

The network will also create a mechanism to address problems of gender harassment and discrimination of female reporters, while also being a forum to help expand access to professional growth opportunities. Increasing the number of female community radio reporters is an objective under both projects. (Moz24h)

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