Journalists Attend Training on Gender Reporting

DEBRE ZEIT, Dec. 7 (ENA) - The private media in Ethiopia are mainly "gender insensitive" and do not seriously consider women's issues, according to most of the participants of a five-day training course on "Gender Reporting" organized by The Heinrich Boll Foundation and held at the Debre Zeit Management Institute beginning last Friday.

Most of the trainees agreed that as the private media are essentially profit-motivated, they do not focus on women's issue.  The participants also observed that some advertisements and dramas, broadcaster on TV and Radio are gender insensitive and reflect biased social attitudes towards women, Ms. Indra Bisewak, coordinator at the foundation, said on the occasion.

"Since the government has recognized gender equality and the need for women's advancement as reflected in the Federal Constitution and the women's policy, journalists should play their role accordingly," she said.

According to Ms. Bisewara, the workshop is aimed to address  gender sensitized media practitioners so that they write from the gender perspective as well.

Some 15 journalists from the state and private media took part in the training.  The foundation had earlier conducted about seven fora to deliberate on gender related issues.

The course is expected to end tomorrow.