March 29, 2021
Contact: Brittney Stewart
Phone: 021 3527 5000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL KARACHI PARTNERS WITH GNMI TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY REPORTING
Karachi – The U.S. Consulate General, Karachi and the Global Neighborhood for Media Innovation (GNMI) held a virtual journalism festival on March 29 to conclude “Reshaping the Future of Journalism”, a year-long project to promote gender equality reporting. Under this project, U.S. and Pakistani trainers held two 3-day training sessions in Sukkur and Hyderabad and 32 virtual workshops at different universities in Sindh and Balochistan to educate students and journalists on reporting ethics, promoting women’s empowerment, countering gender-based violence, and encouraging equal opportunities in education for women.
The virtual festival showcased the 10 best digital stories on gender sensitive reporting from the project participants. During the event, media industry experts and senior reporters led discussions on gender rights and unveiled a training manual on best practices in journalism for reporting on gender issues.
“Gender is everybody’s business,” Brittney Stewart, Spokesperson at the U.S. Consulate General, Karachi, said while opening the event and commended the success of the project. “To produce coverage that is complete and diverse, journalists around the world, regardless of gender, can help change attitudes by portraying women as they really are rather than re-enforcing gender-based stereotypes.”
The project “Reshaping the Future of Journalism” aims to expand access to information on gender issues in Pakistan and build the capacity of journalists and media students to produce content with a nuanced understanding of gender equality.
For more information about the program please visit: https://gnmionline.org/gender-equality-reporting/