The Equality Now (EN) has called on the Media to help in the fight against Gender based Violence (GBV).
Speaking to the Media and Journalism students during the conference held at the University of Zambia (UNZA) Confucius institute, EN Legal Expert, Jacqui Haunt emphasized on the importance of Journalists in promoting good laws that bring justice to victims of sexual abuse.
“For example, the case of a teenage girl who faced a death penalty for stabbing her father who wanted to not only sexually abuse her but also force her into early marriage with him in Sudan was brought to light through the media,” she said.
“And the victim was given justice because the story was brought to the public through the media, it is for this reason that we work with different partners to help bring justice to women and girls around the world.”
Meanwhile, former Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Chairperson, Daniel Sikazwe urged media students to produce quality information by using the story telling trails of narration which are: description and exposition in order to bring about equality as well as end Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Mr Sikazwe further said the media should write compelling stories of victims of rape and GBV by using the Media principles of being truthful and hiding the identity of the victim.
“A Journalist is supposed to have conscience and bring out the truth in the best way possible by making sure that the victim is protected and the principles given when dealing with victims are followed,” He said.
And EN organization’s Regional Coordinator in Africa, Judy Gitau encouraged the students to pursue a career in media as they would help shape the opinions of society, bring government to account and save lives by bringing justice to victims.
“Real Journalists must be willing to fight GBV especially among minors and Women,” Miss Gitau said.
EN attributed the rise in GBV cases to the culture and thinking of society.