JUBA, 17th August, The National press club South Sudan has officially started a two-day workshop on enhancing Journalists Skills on gender Responsive Reporting and Safety of female journalists in South Sudan.
In an opening statement on Tuesday, Hon. Yath Awan Yath, the Undersecretary, Ministry of Information technology and Postal Services said the role of the media in the country is very crucial especially in civic education.
“We leave no person behind. It is time to think of issues of gender equality, equal chances but equality should also be seen when we are doing those things, these training is very important to our society”, Hon. Yath said.
Mr. Bullen Kenyi Yata, the chairperson of NPC-SS Board of directors at the official opening of the two-day training workshop said that journalists need to be equipped with the necessary knowledge to overcome this negative attitude towards women.
“The workshop is vital because it covers a crucial topic because most of our people are still influenced with cultural norms to the effect that they undermine the role of women in nation building”, said Bullen Kenyi during the event to the Journalists.
The workshop is aimed at covering editors, Media managers and journalists from public, private and freelance based in Juba and with plans for it to be extended to the various states of the Republic of South Sudan.
“We count on the media to be the ones who bring the process across about gender equality in all the areas that our society and our lives cover. We should hear more about these problems and how gender equality is being promoted in all the SGDs in South Sudan”, said Mr. Julius Banda, the director of UNESCO South Sudan.
Michael Duku, AMDISS executive Director, thanked the management of National Press Club for having this function today, particularly as a new institution that has helped with the media intervention.
“The work that AMDISS is doing is not enough to serve the whole country so having NPC, with intervention of training and capacity building is a complementary work to the work that we are doing for that matter I really appreciate that”, Duku added.
Sapana Abui, Director-General of the Media Authority said the female journalists face more challenges than their male counterparts. He further said as a regulatory body their responsibility is the safety of Journalists.
“They are not given their rights as entitled; others are even denied maternity leave. This is because they are looked at as being weak and discriminated”, Abui told the participants.