By Zainab Kanu
The United Nations Women in its bid to support female aspirants and candidates for the 2012 elections is continuing to train Journalists across the country on how to give support to female politicians by profiling them.
Over the week the UN Women, in collaboration with Gender Media Club, ended an intensive training for Journalists based in the Western Area at the FM 96.0 in Tombo.
In her opening remarks, a Facilitator and Gender Specialist, Ms. Williet James, said because of the role of the media, UN Women is providing support to encourage female aspirants and candidates by reporting on women’s issues and profiling them.
She noted that for a very long time now, men have been very close to the media and making good use of the media by selling their images and aspirations while marginalizing the women.
She revealed that the training was to empower the Journalists to get first- hand knowledge on how to profile women and to understand the difference between profiling and campaigning.
In his statement, Councilor Samuel Beely Kanu, Deputy Chairman of the Tombo District Council commended UN Women for organising the training in his Ward.
He underscored the point that it was very necessary to build the capacities of women who want to take competitive part in politics.
He stated that since these women are not known to the public, they should be ready to work together and support each other to achieve their mutual objectives.
He disclosed that of the twenty Councilors in the Mountain Rural District, only four of them are women. He observed that women representation is normally low because they are not aware of their rights and do not also know how to make use of the media.
He explained that the empowerment of women should start from an early age by sending the girl child to school, stressing that when women are educated and they are aware of their rights, they can feel confident to contest for any competitive position.