By Sammeni Kamsobbi and Aida Asama
A training with the theme "SHE EXIST" PROMOTING EQUITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA was officially opened on Wednesday the 13th of September 2023 by OISD’s Executive Director, Mr. Jamilu Yusuf at the prestigious Abti American University AUN, Yola.
The Three Day training for female Journalists in the North-Eastern Nigeria was organised by the Organization for Innovation and Sustainable Development (OISD), and Sponsored by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, Abuja in Collaboration with Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) National Secretariat.
In order to ensured that Women Journalists received quality Capacity Building Training, the facilitators from Media Industry gave in their best on various topics presented.
Keynote addresses were delivered by prominent officials, they highlighted on the significance and support for the initiative. Robert Gabor, the U.S. Embassy Media Attaché, and Aisha Gambari, Senior Information Specialist, both emphasized on the importance of empowering Women in Journalism. Gambari spoke on the core essence of the program, the challenges faced by female Journalists and their vital role in Media.
Mr. Lephie Jonah a facilitator introducing the training with the theme "She Exists: Promoting Equity and Equal Opportunities for Women in Media" said the project represent a bold and transformative Initiative aimed at addressing gender disparities within the media industry, particular focusing on the North East region of Nigeria. This comprehensive program is meticulously on designed to empower and uplift Women Journalists, ensuring they not only exist within the Media Landscape but thrive as influential change-maker, storytellers and opinion shapers.
The Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs. Neido Geoffrey Kufulto during her briefing, said Journalism is a profession for both men and women. Calling on Women to show their priceless abilities as mothers and administrators in such careers as Journalism, she encourage Women in Journalism not to relent in their duties and surely they would do better than our men counterpart. Journalism is a profession for both men and women is not restricted to one gender. Kufulto added.
Mrs. Neido thanked the American Government, the Organisation for Innovation and Sustainable Development (OISD), the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, Abuja and the President of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Ladi Bala for their contributions and additional knowledge towards women in journalism.
The President Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Mrs. Ladi Bala during the official opening of the training program, expressed her gratitude towards OISD's commitment to empowering Women in Media. Bala acknowledged that the program is implemented by the Organisation for Innovation Sustainable Development (OISD) and sponsored by the Public Affairs of the U.S. Embassy, Abuja.
She urged Women Journalists to be dedicated in their places of primary assignment and to work accordingly by rules and regulations guiding the profession for safety.
Earlier, DeWayne P. Frazier, President of the American University of Nigeria, expressed his show of support for the training initiative. He said, is an additional knowledge for female Journalists in the State and they should actualize the training "She Exists: Promoting Equity and Equal Opportunities for Women in Media"