Journalists trained on SRHR and ethical reporting
KATHMANDU: A recent study carried out by Media Action Nepal showed that Nepali media has often failed to prioritize sexual and reproductive health rights issues or report them in an accurate manner. A need was felt for capacity building of media on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights reporting in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic. For the same purpose, training has been organized by Media Action Nepal in collaboration with ADRA Nepal for the knowledge and capacity enhancement of the journalists from all the provinces who have been dedicated towards working in the health beat.
A total of 40 journalists divided into four groups would be receiving two day-long long training, out of which 15 journalists would qualify for the fellowship based on their work experiences and performance during the training. The training for the first group of journalists has been successfully conducted from October 29-30.
The training covers the subjects of Understanding about Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Family Planning, Ethics, Self-regulation and Social Responsibility of Media, COVID-19 Pandemic, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and the Media and the Gender Sensitivity in Reporting. The training is being facilitated by Mr. Laxman Datt Pant, lead trainer and the Chairperson of Media Action Nepal, Dr. Laxmi Tamang, SRHR Expert and the Chairperson of Midwifery Society of Nepal and Ms. Kalpana Acharya, Chairperson of Health Journalists Forum.
Highlighting the need of capacity building initiative Mr. Pant stated that the training would motivate and adequately prepare the journalists to cover the stories on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.