UN Women Cameroon engages the journalists’ platform “NETCOM GENDER” on gender mainstreaming in sensitization campaigns on HIV and violence against women and girls.

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

Members of the journalist’s network ‘NETCOM GENDER’ during a workshop organized by UN Women on Friday, April 27, 2018 debated communication strategies and media platforms targeting women and girls during campaigns HIV and violence against women.

Members of the journalist platform NETCOM GENDER posing for a family photo with the National Programme Officer, Joseph Ngoro (centre) during the workshop. Photo credit; Teclaire Same, UN Women.
Members of the journalist platform NETCOM GENDER posing for a family photo with the National Programme Officer, Joseph Ngoro (centre) during the workshop. Photo credit; Teclaire Same, UN Women.

NETCOM GENDER the platform of journalist’s engaged in the fight against gender based violence and HIV created with the support of UN Women in 2014 offers a platform for journalist to be trained on mainstreaming gender in campaigns to eliminate gender based violence and HIV sensitization. The 225 journalist’s members of NETCOM GENDER who participated in the workshop developed a short term action plan for their activities and a communication plan for UN Women upcoming campaigns on HIV and 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women and girls.

This workshop which benefitted from the technical support and expertise of the national committee for the fight against HIV was a follow-up of the working session organized in March 2018. The March capacity building workshop was used to revive the platform and mobilize its members for effective integration of the concerns and specificities of women and girls’ campaigns to fight against HIV.

Speaking during the workshop the National Programme Officer, Joseph Ngoro, noted that despite the extensive sensitization campaigns the prevalence rate of HIV amongst women (5.6%) and violence against women and girls (about 55%) remains high.

Joseph Ngoro, National Programme Officer, speaking to members of NETCOM GENDER. Photo credit; Teclaire Same, UN Women
Joseph Ngoro, National Programme Officer, speaking to members of NETCOM GENDER. Photo credit; Teclaire Same, UN Women

“Journalist need to double their efforts in ensuring sensitization campaigns effectively targets women and men. UN Women is committed in offering capacity building support to members of the NETCOM GENDER platform to enable them better integrate gender concerns in different sensitization campaigns. This workshop should be instrumental in developing communication strategies that target women in view of reducing HIV prevalence and violence against women and girls”.

The members of the platform called on UN Women to organize more sensitization and capacity building campaigns for journalist especially at the local levels. The participants also requested for technical support in developing communication tools for HIV and violence against women and girls that effectively target women and girls especially at the local level.