ABOUT 24 journalists from various media houses based in Mara Region have attended a special training on gender-based violence (GBV) reporting. The Tanzania Media Women's Association (Tamwa) organized the two-day workshop held at Goldland Hotel in Tarime town on Monday and Tuesday this week.
"This is part of trainings we are conducting to sensitize journalists on reporting GBV issues and it is funded by UNFPA," Tamwa Executive Director Valerie Msoka said.
Tamwa believes that the training will play a significant role in intensifying the campaign against gender-based violence in the country. "We want to team up with the media and come up with an effective strategy that will help to fight GBV," the Tamwa chief said.
The Tarime District Commissioner (DC), Mr John Henjewele, hailed the training, saying the move will help draw a clear picture on successes and setbacks of gender-based violence issues in Tarime and Mara Region as a whole.
"Involving local journalists in reporting GBV is a commendable thing because they know what is exactly happening on the ground. We as government are doing a lot to fight GBV but we need a powerful media to report on these efforts too," DC Henjewele said when officially opening the seminar on Monday morning.
"This is a good start and we thank Tamwa for selecting Mara Region and particularly Tarime District," Mr Henjewele added. He said the government is planning to set up a special secondary school for girls from form 1-VI which is meant to address GBV related problems citing female genital mutilation (FGM), a culture which is still widely practiced in the northern Tarime District.
The DC challenged Mara journalists to start conducting in-depth research meant at finding out root causes of FGM in the lake zone region. "It is high time you find out root causes of FGM and what should be the solution," the district commissioner said. The participants hailed the training and pledged to generate more informative and educative news stories geared towards ending gender-based violence in the lake zone region.