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Call for Trainees: Reporting on Violence against Women and Girls Training Programme

Reporting on Violence against Women and Girls Training Programme 

Call for trainees – Selection Criteria and Registration form.  

Deadline for Application: 6th May 2022 

Globally, communities are experiencing incidences of violence caused by civil conflicts, political uprisings, natural disasters, economic challenges and transnational disputes. These have affected men and women (particularly women and girls) differently. A World Bank report in September 2019 describes Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) as a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. In Nigeria, global gender gap index puts the rate of Lifetime Physical and Sexual Intimate Partner Violence at 16.3%. 

 In Nigeria, there is a neglect of social issues, especially the issue of violence against women, which is a rampant problem. The lack of comprehensive coverage of such issues has led to poor awareness about women’s rights among the general public and the government’s refusal to consider it a policy issue. Therefore, there is a need to implement a project that sensitises the media to create sustainable public awareness and policy advocacy. 

 African Women in Media is launching the Reporting Violence Against Women and Girls in Nigeria project. This project aims to intervene in the current state of reporting stories on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). It does so through capacity building of women journalists, an investigative project, and research. The investigation will investigate failures and gaps in institutional systems’ (police, legal system, doctors) treatment of survivors and victims of VAWG. The research will lead to reports, a gender policy framework, and a media toolkit for reporting and investigating VAWG. This project recognises the many faces of VAWG, ranging from sexual violence to domestic violence, forms of violence against women induced by insecurity, and even violence against women journalists. 

Training format 

This training will take place in 3 phases and a total of 75 female journalist will be selected to undertake the training. In this first cohort, we will select 25 journalists, 5 from each of the states listed below. Applications will re-open July and October for cohort 2 and cohort 3 respectively. The training for the different cohorts will take place as follows: 

Cohort 1: June- July 2022 

Cohort 2: Sept-October 2022 

Cohort 3: November- December 2022 

Eligibility criteria 

We are looking for female journalists who are driven, committed and have a passion for learning and reporting on important social issues with the aim of maximum impact. This training is open to journalists living and working in Nigeria only and subject to the eligibility criteria outlined below: 

  1. You must be a female journalist with a minimum of 3 years of working as a journalist and specifically reporting on issues  related to Violence against Women and Girls. 
  2. You must be employed in or affiliated to a media organization and provide evidence of approval from your editor to participate in this program. If you are a freelancer, you must identify one or more media organisations which will publish content you produce from this project, and provide a letter of support and intention to publish from the organisation. You will be required to provide this letter once selected for the programme.  
  3. You must pitch a story you will produce using the skills developed through the training. Your pitch should be a story related to VAWGs, be clear, concise and not exceed 150 words.  
  4. You must provide evidence of past works that you have done on or related to Violence against Women and Girls.  
  5. If admitted into the training, you must commit to completing all aspects of the training and your subsequent story during the project period.

Applicants must register for the training by filling in the form here 

26 Responses

  1. I wish the best of luck to all Nigerian female journalists and I look forward to seeing women without violence around the world

  2. Violence against women and girls is on the increase more so it’s seen in virtually all the states in the country. I am wondering why Rivers State is not among the listed states.

  3. Violence against women and girls issues should be given accurate reportage by the media. This will checkmate the activities of the perpetrators. Lately the alarming rate of women and girls facing domestic violence is quite alarming.

  4. Violence against women and girls issues should be given accurate reportage by the media. This will checkmate the activities of the perpetrators. Lately the alarming rate of women and girls facing domestic violence is quite alarming.

  5. I am a victim of gender based violence. In the past 15 months I have tried so hard to get something close to justice but to no avail.

    I am currently being accused of kidnapping my assualter who has been seriously protected by an institution of learning.

    I would love to share my story.

  6. I am a victim of gender based violence. In the past 15 months I have tried so hard to get something close to justice but to no avail.

    I am currently being accused of kidnapping my assualter who has been seriously protected by an institution of learning.

    I would love to share my story.

  7. Women belong to the minority group where their stories are under- reported. I suggest that this epoch-making training should include Journalists in the 36 states of the country especially in the Southeast where violence is reportedly obvious. Women in the North face Human right issues , Women’s right cases than violence precisely. Keep up the good work.

  8. Women belong to the minority group where their stories are under- reported. I suggest that this epoch-making training should include Journalists in the 36 states of the country especially in the Southeast where violence is reportedly obvious. Women in the North face Human right issues , Women’s right cases than violence precisely. Keep up the good work.

  9. This is a very important area of consideration. The media reporters need to have better understanding to shift the tone and emphasis in reporting away from the victim alone but more to the offender or suspect.

  10. Looking forward to participating in the training of given the opportunity inorder to contribute my quota in fighting against violence on women and girls.

  11. Amazing project and looking forward to every report because this in my view is a difficult task to be achieved in Nigeria considering the setting and structure of the people. I wish the organisers success and everyone who will put their best effort in shinning more light into this cruel act that has defaced our once a morally conscience conducted darling Nigeria.

  12. Amazing project and looking forward to every report because this in my view is a difficult task to be achieved in Nigeria considering the setting and structure of the people. I wish the organisers success and everyone who will put their best effort in shinning more light into this cruel act that has defaced our once a morally conscience conducted darling Nigeria.

  13. Violence against women and girl child is a barbaric culture and perpetrators found guilty should face the penalty/ law of the land as a deterrent to others.

  14. Violence against women and girl child is a barbaric culture and perpetrators found guilty should face the penalty/ law of the land as a deterrent to others.

  15. This programme is quite apt considering the times we are now, violence against women has not only increased but taken a new turn. Husbands are beating their wives to death ,girls are not only raped but killed .This will increase enlightenment and advocay on the need to speak out and seek help. Bravo to AWiM

  16. This programme is quite apt considering the times we are now, violence against women has not only increased but taken a new turn. Husbands are beating their wives to death ,girls are not only raped but killed .This will increase enlightenment and advocay on the need to speak out and seek help. Bravo to AWiM

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C.E.O & Co-founder, AWiM

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic, consultant and co-founder of African Women in Media (AWiM). AWiM’s vision is that one-day African women will have equal access to representation in media. Joint winner of the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (Sports Reporting), Yemisi ran her news website IQ4News between 2010-14.
Yemisi holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University, where she is a Senior Lecturer. She has published scholarly research on women’s rights, African feminism, and journalism and digital public spheres. She was Editorial Consultant for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 commemorative book titled “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys”, and currently hosts the book’s podcast.
She speaks regularly on issues relating to gender and media. In 2021 she was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential African Women.