Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, WSCIJ, and its partner, the Netherlands Embassy, on Friday, March 13, held a share-fair event themed ‘Report Women: Make It Happen’ amongst journalists to commemorate the International Women’s Day.
The event was organized to contribute to improving the quality, quantum and perhaps impact of reportage on girls and women and to better mainstream gender into news reporting.
The forum brought together journalists and members of non-governmental organisations to reflect on the challenges facing Nigerian girls and women. The idea was to build the capacity of participants while lending a voice to the United Nations 2015 theme for the International Women’s Day – Make It Happen.
At the meeting, five journalists who were commissioned by the WSCIJ to investigative and publish stories on girls and women issues ranging from widowhood, to Female Genital Mutilation and Human Trafficking, had the opportunity to share their experiences with colleagues.
Report Women!, is a collaborative effort between the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the WSCIJ focuses on major issues of access and abuse, ranging from education, to health care, violence, and early marriage, among others.
The project seeks to use the tool of investigative reporting to highlight these issues, even as it examines the role of religion in the girl child and women rights trajectory.