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Training for Women Journalists in the Terai Ended Today in Janakpur
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UNESCO and the Nepal Press Institute, in a joint collaboration with Sancharika Samua, Media and Democracy Group, OHCHR, UNFPA/WOREC,INHURED International and Article 19, concluded today in Janakpur the second and last phase(25October–5 November) of a 4 month-long training course exclusively for women journalists. The thematic modules of the course were: Personal Security Skills, Basic Journalism Skills, Human Rights Fundamentals, Conflict Sensitive Journalism, Gender Sensitive Journalism and finally Gender Based Violence.Selected journalists come from very diverse cultural backgrounds and from several districts within the Terai region, namely Dhanusha, Saptari, Siraha, Mahottari, Rauthat,Bara, Parsha and Sarlahi. Female journalists working in some areas of the Terai region often face danger because of their profession. During the training, two-thirds of the journalists admitted to have been at some point victim of threats or harassment. The attacks ranged from intimidation to physical violence. During the training course it was recalled how last January, one of these attacks resulted in a murder in Janakpur. An increasing number of
women journalists say there is growing pressure from their families to get out of the profession because of such danger. However a high number of incidents involving female journalists receiving threats because of stories they have written or interviews they have done often goes unreported. Despite this, there is evidence that the number of attacks is increasing and that violence is occurring in more areas of Nepal. Concerned about the current situation of women media professional in the Terai region and hoping that such training would help female journalists to protect themselves and reduce the amount of violence towards them, UNESCO Kathmandu and the Nepal Press Institute put together a very innovative training programme divided into 2 phases, one basic and one advanced, each of them made up of theoretical and practical modules.
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