The journalists drawn from the public and private audiovisual media acquired skills in training workshop in Mbalmayo on October 12, 2017.
Some 12 journalists from the public and private audiovisual press organs mostly based in Yaounde and Mbalmayo, now master the different aspects related to the rights of the woman in order to better pass the information to the public, and as well as to be key contributors to the respect of the rights.
The radio and television media practitioners acquired knowledge during a training workshop organized by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) at the Women’s Empowerment Centre in Mbalmayo some scores of kilometers south of Yaounde on October 12, 2017. The workshop focused on the rights of the woman, human rights and HIV/AIDS. While thanking them sincerely, he noted the crucial role played by journalists in the transmission of information. Indeed, the media is the only reliable channel that the public authorities have to convey the messages at the level of the central services, large cities, in campaigns but also beyond national borders.
The Director of the Department of the Social Advancement of Women at the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Abessolo Asseko Calice chaired deliberations at the one-day workshop. This was in the presence of Nguemba Nathalie, the Technical Adviser N0.1, for the Ministry. He used the opening ceremony to present the objectives of the training session and the choice of the participants. Highlighting the relevance of the training session he said that women's human rights, gender and their involvement in HIV / AIDS prevention are universal concerns. The Director said that the collaboration of the media is necessary to achieve the results of the actions of the government in this area. He wished that the collaboration between the media and MINPROFF should be permanent.
The training modules
The journalists acquired knowledge through the various topics presented by different experts of the ministry. The Sub-director in charge of the Advancement of the Rights of Woman and Bekono Bernadette Françoise drilled the media practitioners on the judicial instruments that protect the rights of the woman and girl child. The journalists were also lectured on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Maputo Protocol.
Special attention during the training session was also on the HIV/AIDS. Madam BILLONG Marthe Jolie, Assistant Research Officer N°2 in the Unit incharge of Studies and Projects presented on topic “the prevention and psychosocial treatment of HIV/AIDS within the family. The journalists learned much about the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours the population have in relation to HIV/AIDS in Cameroon, strategies to prevent the pandemic within the family, strategies for the psycho social treatment and, finally the coordination, follow up and evaluation of the treatment.
The Service Head for Gender Popularization in the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Kendemeh Vivian Jioy who doubles as Gender Expert lectured the media practitioners on the topic, “Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS in Cameroon.” She made the journalists to understand that Gender Based Violence was, “an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will based on socially ascribed (gender) differences between male and female.” After defining the key terms, the Gender Expert established the links between Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS in women and came up with some recommendations.