The United Nations population agency, UNFPA, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have trained journalists from different media across the country on how to report gender-based violence (GBV).
“We consider journalists as champions in the campaign to prevent violence against women,” Ms Prossy Nakanjako, the senior programme officer communications, media and external relations, UNFPA said last week.
Ms Nakanjako said through continuous reporting, journalists hold policy makers accountable and help those experiencing violence access appropriate support.
“Gender-based violence is always looked at as a human rights issue but it is also a public health issue,” said Ms Leonie Corcoran, the training consultant. Ms Corcoran is deputy chief sub editor for The Irish Times.
“When reporting on GBV, reporters must use accurate and non-judgmental language and must ensure the safety of survivors in their reports,” she cautioned.
In Uganda, according to WHO, 62 per cent of women aged 15-49 reported to having suffered physical and or sexual violence and 27 per cent of these offences were committed by their current or former intimate partners.