UN Women trains 30 members of the ‘Gender Data Journalists Network’ on data journalism

Date: Monday, July 22, 2019

Uilrich Waffo, Women Count Program manager exchanging pleasantries with participants after his presentation on gender in the SDGs.
Uilrich Waffo, Women Count Program manager exchanging pleasantries with participants after his presentation on gender in the SDGs. Photo credit: Emmanuel Nlend/UN Women.

30 media professionals (17 women and 13 men), members of the "Gender Data and SDGs Journalists Network", have been trained on data collection and reporting information on gender statistics and SDGs, during a two days capacity building workshop organized by UN Women from the 22nd to the 23rdof July 2019. The workshop which aimed at equipping them with the skills they need to collect, process and disseminate information highlighting gender statistics and the SDGs, ended with the elaboration of an action plan to guide the Network members interventions in the dissemination of gender statistics and the SDGs to inform public opinion in a simple and effective way.

During two days, the members of the network established in May 2019 with the technical support of the ‘Women Count’ flagship program, were drilled on importance of gender statistics for the effective gender mainstreaming in public policies, the National Gender Policy, the role of the media in disseminating gender statistics and SDGs to the public, the challenges in the monitoring of SDGs in Cameroon using available gender statistics, as well as the experiences and needs of administrations and organizations producing information and statistics on gender (INS, BUCREP).

Presentation of the annual action plan of the Gender Data Network
Presentation of the annual action plan of the Gender Data Network. Photo credit: Emmanuel Nlend/UN Women.

At the end of the workshop, organized with the technical support of experts from UN Women, the Central Bureau of the Census and Population Studies (BUCREP), the National Institute of Statistics (NIS) and Ministry of Family and Woman Empowerment (MINPROFF), the participants expressed their satisfaction with the newly acquired skills and committed to put them into practice. According TCHONKO Becky B., radio presenter of the state owned CRTV National Radio "I realize there are new ways to approach issues, to address them by message designing so as to impact the target population and decision-makers and make gender parity close by 2030." "This training helped me understand how to use statistics more easily in my articles, and to ensure my readers understand the situation of the issue I am addressing" Nadège Christelle BOWA, of Le Messager explained with satisfaction.