Dec 1, 2011, 11:54 AM
Press Union (GPU) in collaboration with the Women Journalists’ Association have
recently trained fifteen journalists on sexual harassment.
The training involved scrutinising the sexual harassment policy with a view to make it more responsive before its adoption by the GPU.
The training is part of a six months project that the women journalists secured from UNESCO through the GPU.
Sarjo Camara, president of the Women Journalists Association (WoJaG), said the training targets to put a stop to sexual harassment in the news rooms and beyond.
She said the sexual harassment policy is not a witch hunt against men but to address unacceptable acts by breaking the silence on perpetrators in the media industry.
She said the policy seeks to serve as a framework for prevention and protection from sexual harassment and to promote gender equality.
Madi Jobarteh, an activist and member of the Westminster Foundation went through the sexual harassment policy and urged participants to take measures and address these issues in their news rooms.
He said news rooms should familiarise themselves with the policy and make a best use of it.