GROUP WANTS MEDIA TO EXPOSE CULPPRITS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE RATHER THAN SURVIVORS.

By Sola Gbenga.

Social analysts have stressed the need for the media to expose perpetrators of gender based violence, rather than exposing survivors to stigmatization through reportage.

This form part of the submissions of resource persons in Ado Ekiti during a programme organized for journalists and security agents in the state.

The programme was put in place by Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development.

Gender based violence has been a daily occurrence that had subjected many people to untold hardship and stigmatization.

Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why the organiser put up the event where media professionals and security agenits were trained on how to handle cases of gander based violence especially while reporting such incidences.

Speaking at the programme, a media career development network expert , Mr lekan otunfodurin called on media professionals to embrace gender based friendly report in such away that the survivor would be protected while the perpetrators suffered exposure.

Mr Otunfodunrin, decried how some media houses dwelt more on the survivors than the perpetrators in their reportage.

Another resource person, Dr princess olufemi -Kayode who highlighted some of the factors responsible for gender based violence in the society to include culture, economy, and religion urged Nigerians to desist from stereotyped ways of doing things in order to check violation of human rights.

Dr Olufemi Kayode also charged judiciary sector to always fasttrack cases of gender based violence by bringing heavy sanction on offenders to serve as deterrent to others.

In his remark, the facilitator of the training Mr Nelson Akerele said that the programme was put in place for security agents and media professionals to broaden their knowledge on how to handle cases of Gender Based Violence in the country.