A Non Governmental Organization ACTION PLUS has ended a three days training workshop for media practitioners for the prevention of gender based and domestic violence in communities in five chiefdoms in Kenema district.
In her statement at the opening session of the workshop, the Gender Based Coordinator Action Plus Cecilia Sheriff welcomed participants to the workshop and said the workshop is to strengthen ways of using the media in our communities in order to accurately report on gender based and domestic violence correctly in the district.
She encourages all the participants to take the workshop very seriously adding gender based violence exists everywhere in the country.
Mrs. Sheriff said proper reporting on gender based violence offences by members of the media will help prevent its reoccurrence in the various communities.
Contributing the Action Plus consultant Rev. Kargbo said including the media in the fight against gender based violence in our communities is very crucial as the media will greatly help in relaying the right information to specific groups on the negative impact of gender based and domestic violence in the country. He says the problem of gender based violence will continue to occur as long as humanity exists and therefore appealed to everyone to help salvage the problem in our society. Rev. Kargbo called on the participants to recognize every bit of the training for the benefit of their respective communities adding that sharing correct information with specific groups in the community will ensure the prevention of gender based violence.
Delivering his statement the Executive Director Action Plus Rev. Samuel Sinah said it is easier for the media to correctly document issues of gender based and domestic violence either because of their level of education or their knowledge on the issues, adding that the involvement of media in the gender based and domestic violence prevention is very crucial.
He disclosed that Action Plus and its partners are targeting five communities in the Kenema district and are pushing the entire process for two years in order to fine tune issues bordering around gender based and domestic violence in our society through the media, so that even the lay man can do his best to prevent it and it will be eradicated.
He stressed the need for the prevention of gender based and domestic violence in the community for the benefit of the children now and those yet unborn.
The Executive Director Action Plus encouraged participants to include more women in the fight against gender based violence adding that women are the most vulnerable when it comes to domestic and other gender based offences and therefore they also have a major role to play.