Journalists in Malawi have been asked to take a leading role in exposing gender-based violence cases before and after the 16 Days of Activism to influence authorities to participate in the fight.
Gender and media trainer Dalitso Nkunika said this in Malawiâ€™s commercial city, Blantyre, on Tuesday during the opening of a three-day training for journalists held with funding from Gender Links.
The training is being held ahead of the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism.Â
Nkunika said the workshop will equip journalists with skills to report gender-related issues, which have for a long time received little coverage.
â€œIt is not about mere reporting, but the kind of reporting that can influence decisions towards the eradication of the problem, which continues to be a challenge in society,â€ she said.
The training will also give journalists an opportunity to tour various sites in the Southern Region to meet people who have been victimised in one way or the other.
Journalists have since underscored the need for a political will in ensuring that the national gender plan is adopted.
â€œThere is also need for NGOs [non-governmental organisations] working on gender projects to provide funds for the media to carry out a series of pull-outs, programmes or documentaries that depict actualities about the defects of gender in homes or societies,â€ said Kondwani Chimwala, one of the participants.