Women journalists in Nigeria have calledon the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) toenhance the capacities of members of the Committee on Sexual Harassments to enable them effectively address complaints, and further provide resources to enable the Committee embark on and promote safety and security campaigns for women journalists.
In a communique, issued August 24, Nigerian women journalists demanded for a series of welfare packages including a call on the union to engage media owners to provide well-equipped crèches for nursing mothers to cater for their children during working hours.
Other demands include health and safety projects including access to healthcare, the formulation of internal policiesto cater for the health bills and health challenges of members of staff; provision of transportation and,safe, sleep over spaces for journalists working late hours; the provision of safety kits and periodic safety training for all media personnel; a massive public sensitization on safety for women Journalists.
These calls were made by participants, at the end of a two day workshop on gender equity and safety for women journalists sponsored by the Norwegian Union of Journalists and supported by the International Federation of Journalists, IFJ, the Federation of African journalists, FAJ and the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, held on 23 and 24 August, 2017 in Abuja.
The workshop participants also called on women Journalists in Nigeria to prepare adequately to take up managerial roles in their organizations.
Waheed Odusile, president of the NUJencouraged Journalists to always consider their safety at all times, particularly when covering protests and violence. “We want every Journalist to report news but they should not end up being the news. No story is worth the life of any journalist”, he stated.
Waheed Odusile who is also the President of the Federation of African Journalists called on media owners to pay particular attention to gender issues adding that discrimination based on gender was counterproductive.
He appealed to the participants to come up with actionable points that will help improve on gender relations and safety in media houses.
Also speaking to the participants, the national secretary of the NUJ, Shuaibu Usman Leman challenged the women journalists to uphold the ethics of the profession.
The National President of the Nigeria Association of women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ify Omowale, cautioned women Journalists to publish what will unity the country than what will divide it. She commended the NUJ and it’s partners for supporting gender equity initiatives.