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Stop TRIVIALISING reports of victims of domestic violence – Journalists told

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The Executive Director of Ufeministi Anyidado, a non-governmental organisation for Vulnerable Women and Children, Marina Carmen Nana Ama Esarba Kelly, has called on Journalists in the country to stop trivialising reports that bother on the abuse of women and children in the country.

Speaking at a two-day training organised for some selected media personnel in the country, Ms. Kelly who is a survivor of abuse said the manner in which some journalist in the country report on cases of abuse make the public lose interest in the case.

”Journalists reporting on the abuse of women must put themselves in the shoes of the abused victim and ask if they would be happy should their stories be trivialised. It is not the best. When that occurs, you protect the offender and expose the victim to ridicule,” she said.

It is against this backdrop that the NGO in partnership with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organised the workshop to boost the capacity of journalists in the country.

Journalists that gathered for the training were asked not to expose the victims of abuse and shield the suspects.

She noted that, exposing the images of victims of such violence increases the trauma they are already going through.

Participants expressed gratitude to the organisers and resource persons who enlightened them on how to report gender-based violence.

They pledged to apply the knowledge acquired in their work and protect the interest of victims of gender-based violence.

Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.Com | KWAKU NTI

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