Gender-Sensitive Coverage in the Regional Media Focus

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Gender-sensitive training on proper reporting in Marneuli Municipality, Kvemo Kartli. Photo: The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics
Gender-sensitive training on proper reporting in Marneuli Municipality, Kvemo Kartli. Photo: The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics

UN Women, in cooperation with the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and with the support of the European Union, continues to support and promote ethical media coverage of women's rights and LGBTQ issues. To this end, the Charter conducts trainings agreed under the signed Memorandum of Understanding on gender-sensitive reporting issues, in order to raise their awareness and to popularize relevant standards and self-regulatory mechanisms.

In April and May, gender-sensitive trainings on news coverage were conducted for media representatives working in the Kvemo Kartli region. In addition to 25 journalists, members of local community organizations and activists voluntarily attended the trainings. Participants discussed issues such as the principles and significance of preparing a gender-sensitive report as well as the risks of unethical reporting that may reinforce discriminatory attitudes. During the training information was also shared on how to achieve gender-sensitive reporting based on fairness and balance. Also discussed were best practices for working with women and LGBTQ people.

"It was a very important training. I received interesting recommendations on ethical coverage of gender and LGBTQ issues, and the transfer of information in the right terminology. I will definitely use this knowledge in my work," said one of the participants in the training Mariam Kveladze, a journalist of the community radio Marneuli.

At the end of the training, representatives from the Women's Information Center conducted a role-play entitled "In Her Shoes" aimed at raising awareness on the issue of violence against women. This enabled participants to experience real-life stories of women and girls who have been victims of violence, learn more about the problem, and become more empathetic to them.

This factor was particularly underlined by one of the participants of the role play, Fariz Dashtamirov: “Now I have a better understanding of what women have to go through and what path they have to take in case of domestic violence. I hope such meetings will continue in the future," he said.

The Journalists’ Training Module is based on special guidelines developed for media outlets with the support of UN Women. Based on it, coaches were trained too, and besides Kvemo Kartli, they will conduct trainings in Guria and Tbilisi this year as well.

The collaboration between UN Women and the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics is part of the project “Ending Violence against Women and Girls in Georgia”, which is implemented by UN Women and UNFPA with the support of the European Union.