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Platform to combat violence against Sudanese women journalists launched

November 28 - 2020 KHARTOUM
Lubna Abdallah, head of the Sudanese women journalists initiative set up in September 2017, to defend the rights of women journalists (file photo)
Lubna Abdallah, head of the Sudanese women journalists initiative set up in September 2017, to defend the rights of women journalists (file photo)

Within the framework of UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence launched on Wednesday, El Alag Centre for Press Services in Khartoum announced the establishment of a platform against violence against women journalists in Sudan.

The project, developed in cooperation with the Canadian Alternatives, Action and Communication Network for International Development, “aims to achieve and provide a measure of protection for women journalists and correspondents in Sudan, especially as we are embracing a new era of democracy that allows us to work to create a safe and inclusive environment for women journalists in Sudan,” El Alag Centre said in a press statement on Thursday.

Research on the extent of harassment of women reporters will cover a number of state capitals, in particular Port Sudan and Kassala in eastern Sudan, and Ed Damazin and Kadugli in the south of the country.

“The collection of information and analysis are aimed at strengthening women journalists and media professionals, during which they learn about patterns and forms of violence against women, such as physical, sexual, economic, professional”.

21 women reporters will be trained on tools for collecting information, analysing and monitoring reports through a form that will be published for use in cases of reporting cases of violence faced by women journalists.

The centre will also work through the project to develop a strategy to prevent violence against women journalists and media professionals inside and outside media institutions.

The project includes launching a website through which the project activities are published, reports are recorded in the online reporting form, and monitoring and documenting the violations that women journalists and media workers are exposed to during work.

(Source: MadaniaNews)

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