The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing reportage of events and issues affecting women in the media.
The Report Women! project was launched in May in collaboration with the Netherlands embassy with the aim of using investigative reporting to highlight issues affecting women in the country. Nigeria has a high prevalence of child marriage and domestic violence against women although lack of proper training and resources means such stories don’t always make it into the media.
The scheme was launched with a one month mentoring scheme for Journalists at 7 of Nigeria’s newspapers, with more trainings scheduled for Journalists in Abuja, Ekiti and Cross River States . Participants are expected to receive training on reportage of women’s issues with a particular focus on abuse, violence, early marriage and education amongst others.
This will be followed by the administration of small grants to shortlisted journalists to investigate and write issue-based stories on girls and women.’ The project will also include a Report Women award, the production of an investigative documentary, and the publication of a reporter’s resource guide on reporting girls and women,’ said Motunrayo Alaka, centre director.
Report Women! is expected to continue until April 2015 and more information can be found online via the centre’s social media platforms.