3 August 2014

Nigeria: Centre Launches 'Report Women' Project

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has launched the "Report Women!" project so as to increase and improve in the news coverage of girls and women in the Nigerian media.

Report Women! is a collaborative effort between the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Centre planned to focus on major issues of access and abuse, ranging from education, to health care, to violence, and early marriage, among others. The project seeks to use the tool of investigative reporting to highlight these issues, even as it examines the role of religion in the girl child and woman's rights trajectory.

The Report Women! project started in May 2014 with a one-month media monitoring of the reportage of girls and women in seven Nigerian newspapers. It will continue with a meeting of stakeholders on Thursday, August 7, 2014 in Lagos. Thereafter, investigative journalism trainings aimed at honing participants' skills on the reportage of girls and women issues will hold in Abuja, Ekiti, and Cross River States. This will be followed by the administration of small grants to shortlisted journalists to investigate and write issue-based stories on girls and women. The project will also include a report on women award, the production of an investigative documentary, and the publication of a reporter's resource guide on reporting girls and women.

The project, which is expected to run till April next year, will have online campaign on the Centre's social media platforms especially its Twitter handle - twitter.com/WSoyinkaCentre using the hashtag #ReportWomen.

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