A two day capacity building seminar on challenges facing female media practitioners in post conflict Sierra Leone organized by Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL) has ended at the Senior Police Officers Mess, Kingtom with a donation of a website worth $5000 from Hope Sierra Leone.
Giving an overview of the seminar, WIMSAL President Doreen Barrie said that, the organization was borne out of the need to provide possible opportunities for female journalists in the country.
She added in past years, opportunities of this nature have been very hard to come by, especially for female practitioners.
“Whether this has been deliberate, the fact remains that the bulk of the women folks in both the print and electronics media have been facing a lot of challenges”, she said.The President stated that women in Sierra Leone media have had to grapple with challenges like marginalization, intimidation and lack of training opportunities.
Barrie pointed out that, that why this seminar is more than important to us.
In his remarks President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) Umaru Fofana highlighted some of the significant WIMSAL has done since it formation.
He urged female journlalists to uphold the ethics of the profession and make a mark in the profession.
President of the Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU) Amara Samura said that it is evident that female journalists face a lot of challenges in doing their work and urged them to stay focused and change the negative perspective that people have of them.
Founder of Hope Sierra Leone, John Bangura, said his organization is committed with the activities of the organization.
He donated a website worth $5000 to the organization to enable it to link to other organization and also promised that the organization will benefit from their programmes.
Hon Victoria Saidu Kamara who inaugurated Board of Advisers of the organization spoke of how she came into politics to advocate for people but especially women.
Mrs Harriet Turay who is also member of the Board thanked the organization for the bold step they have taking in promoting gender issues.
Topics discussed were : the need for capacity building and news writing done by Isaac Massaquoi; Gender Reporting by Williet James; female Journalists and Religion done by Maria Kai Kai and Mohamed Sofla from the Iranian Embassay; Gender Mainstreaming done by Marcella Macauley from CGG, Media Law by Sheik Bawoh and the Role of the media in conflict resolution done by Joshua Nicol.
Certificates were given to participants.