The Liberia Women Media Action Committee Incorporated (LIWOMAC), in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), on Friday completed a week-long thematic seminar for journalists on women and children in post Ebola recovery.
“This is LIWOMAC’s way of ensuring that journalists are educated about issues affecting women and children, especially in the rural parts of the country, particularly during the post Ebola Liberia,” said T. Estella Nelson, president of LIWOMAC.
She emphasized the need for journalists to create the passion of reporting on issues affecting women and children, who have cardinal roles in Liberia’s development.
The training highlighted a series of topics relative to women and children’s rights in the context of development and policy-making, including the post-Ebola response plan by government and how it highlights women issues.
The training also focused on instruments adopted by local and international organizations to eliminate discrimination against women in protecting women and children rights, including inheritance law, African Chapter on Human and People’s Rights, rape law, Liberia National Gender Policy and Liberia National Action Plan on 1325 as well as domestic relations law.
One of the facilitators, Izetta Nagbe-Toukulon, said despite the fact that international laws guarantee women and men equal rights in the employments of all rights, women and girls continue to face inequality in virtually everything in our society, especially in Liberia.
She said women in Liberia have being considered as care takers since the founding of the country; something she said was contributing to parents sending their boys children to school and leaving the girls at home.
“Women are faced with many challenges journalists have not been able to report clearly on some of those issues so that government and partners could address and cement them.
There is a need to look at women issues from a broader prospective and begin reporting on issues affecting them in their homes and communities,” Madam Nagbe-Tuokolon urged journalists.
Phase-one of the training brought together journalists from parts of the 15 counties.