Capacity building for women community radio journalists
Research conducted by various media development organizations has shown that women account for a mere 13 to 16 percent of the journalists in Liberia. A further survey conducted by Christian Media Center (CMC) showed that women hold a dismal one percent of clout positions in the media. The situation is appalling within community radio stations which are in the 15 political subdivisions of Liberia and provide information for over half of the overall population. Of 20 community radio stations assessed by FeJAL, only one has a female in a senior management position, and most of the women who work at Community radio stations have received little or no form of journalistic training. They therefore struggle to produce meaningful reports, with women’s issues being given very little coverage.
To address this problem, FeJAL will work to develop a comprehensive and inclusive training programme to build the capacity of women working in community radio and develop them to occupy managerial positions. FeJAL will develop the skills of community radio female journalists through a 3-week computer and programme production and presentation training course, and two weeks hands-on training in Women's Peace and Security and Gender reporting. This internship with Monrovia-based media institutions and training for senior reporters and managers will help to reduce the prevalence of gender disparities in the newsroom.