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Separate gender inclusion from feminist agenda, Prof. Aisha Ismail tells journalists

Separate gender inclusion from feminist agenda, Prof. Aisha Ismail tells journalists

Gender issues are not to be confused with feminist agenda, as they are different and mutually exclusive.

Professor Aisha Abdu Ismail, who explained this at a one-day training on Human Rights and Social Inclusion organized by Stallion Times for journalists in Kano on Wednesday, said gender issues are concerned with the recognized rights that are specifically recognized as socially required for every unit of the society, male, female, children and those with special needs inclusive.

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The Bayero University Kano intellectual explained that journalists need to tailor their reports and analyses towards attaining a just society for all, saying issues as cultural and religious differences need to be identified and respected.

This, she said, is the crux of the issue in social inclusion reportage.

The training, supported by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism was funded by MacArthur Foundation.

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The scholar, who spoke on a wide-range of human rights and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) issues including, “strategies for promoting human rights and social inclusion by the media,” observed that the media have enormous responsibility to report GBV and follow them to logical conclusion.

She also reminded participants that Gender-Based Violence is not restricted to violence against women alone, as men are also victims in a lot of instances.

Participants shared various experiences on GBV while they discussed ways to ensure qualitative reportage.

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Stallion Times chief executive officer, Isiyaku Ahmed, assured participants that his organization was ready to assist journalists on how to develop a story pitch in order to get grants for investigative stories.

He explained that a story pitch is a brief description, intended to convince an editor or publisher to commission the piece, adding that his organization can also give some grants for investigative stories that meets the needed requirements.

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