Female Reporters Leadership Program Kicks Off in Nigeria.

Scores of female reporters are currently undergoing a 4-day Report Women! Female Reporters Leadership Programme Fellowship in Lagos Nigeria.

The Fellowship which is a project of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative journalism (WSCIJ) is focused on enabling gender balance in news rooms.

The fellowship is supported by the Free Press Unlimited and is aimed at empowering female reporters with the skills, finest, support and tools to take bold steps that help position them for the highest leadership role.

This year 20 female reporters were selected out of the 199 participants as against the 15 particints in 2017.

FRLP for the first time had applications from 17 other countries apart from Nigeria and a Ghanaian delegate from Taabea Television, Theodora Aidoo found her way into the leadership programme.

Participants have expressed eagerness and willingness to acquire skills and knowledge to enable them emerge to top positions in the media sector.

The big question being discussed is “what happens to the women on the desks that makes it difficult for them to get to the next level”?

Resource persons with notable impact have been lined up to equip the female reporters all through the 4-day packed training. Amongst them is Bethel Tsegaye,programme coordinator at Free Press Unlimited (FPU);Lekan Otufodunrin, an online editor of the Nation Newspaper; Dr. Abiola Akinyode -Adolabi, a lawyer and the executive director of Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre(WARDC) amongst others.

The Wole Soyinka Centre (WSCIJ) located in Lagos,Nigeria is for is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation with social justice programmes Aime’s at exposing corruption,regulating failures and human rights abuses with the tool of investigative journalism.

The initiative started in 2005 under the name Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award (WSIRA). It operated as an award-giving organisation till 2008 when it took on the name Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).

The Centre is named after Professor ‘Wole Soyinka in recognition of his life-long work in support of the freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinion, and freedom to impart them without fear or favour and without hindrance or interference.

Source:www.taabeatv.com|Theodora Aidoo

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