Category Archives: Gender/ Spotlight Initiative

UNESCO trains journalists on Gender Based Violence

Journalists have been urged to tell stories that will change the narrative on Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment towards the elimination of Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria.

Media trainers made the submission at a training programme organized by, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, in Lagos for Journalists on Spotlight Initiative, Sensitive Reporting and Investigative Journalism on Gender-Based Violence

Facilitators from Department of Mass Communication, Dr Olunifesi Suraj, and Department of Sociology, Dr Franca Attoh from University of Lagos submitted that journalists need a robust understanding of Gender issues because they have a significant role to play to change narratives on the issue,

The trainers admitted that though gender issue was a sensitive one based on cultural influence; gender must be viewed in a new perspective in the light of changing economy in a dynamic world

Another facilitator, Dr Jide Attah also buttressed the need for journalists to understand the concept of inclusion, stereotype, and strive to produce evidence-based stories with superior arguments that will promote social change.

 The Communications Consultant (Regional Office) of UNESCOMr Olusola Macaulay remarked that the training which attracted 33 journalists drawn from 6 focal states of Lagos, Abuja, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Sokoto and Cross River states was in line with the objectives of spotlight Initiative to end gender-based violence in Nigeria and fulfill Goal 5 of the #SDGs as well through capacity building for journalists

EU-UN Spotlight Team Begins Implementation Workshop to End Violence Against Women and Girls

The European Union – EU and the United Nations (UN) in Nigeria on 26 May 2019, kick-started the implementation of the EU-UN Joint Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, with an Inception Workshop held at Sokoto, North-West Nigeria. The team was received on arrival by the Governor of Sokoto State, H.E. Aminu Tambuwal at the Government House, who noted that the State would continue to key into the development initiatives of the EU and the UN in Nigeria.

Declaring the workshop open on 27 May 2019, the Governor expressed his delight at the inclusion of the State amongst the 5 selected for the Spotlight project. Represented by his Deputy, Hon. Maniru Muhammad Dan’iya, the Governor acknowledged that the Spotlight Initiative project inception workshop was critical as it would enhance the engagement of all stakeholders in Sokoto State.

Addressing the participants, the Head of the UN Nigeria delegation to the State, Mr Kwasi Amankwaah, explained that the EU-UN Joint Spotlight Initiative was a global, unique, multiyear initiative focussed on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. The Civil Society, according to him, were expected to play a more active role in the spirit of leaving no one behind.

The initiative, he added, would engage community-based, grassroots CSOs across Nigeria. UNDP in Nigeria, UN Women Nigeria, UNFPA Nigeria, UNICEF Nigeria and UNESCO Regional Office Abuja are working with the European Union in Nigeria, Government and Civil Society partners on the Spotlight Initiative.