Anglophone crisis: Sisterspeak237 drills journalists to be gender sensitive, Disability Inclusive

Participants at the two-day workshop 

The armed conflict in the English speaking North West and South West regions of Cameroon is entering its year.

Several stories have been told by journalists practicing in these regions mostly announcing kidnappings, killings, burnings, raping, lockdowns and road blockage.

These stories according to the coordinator of Sisterspeak237, Comfort Mussa has fallen short of suing for peace because they are reported at the face value without an in-depth view on the consequences of these actions perpetrated on civilians by the warring parties.

Comfort Mussa

Comfort says "Tell the stories that matter. Stop reporting only statistics and go beyond the face value. A hospital is burnt, we report but we don't tell the stories of the woman who was putting to birth at the time of the incident.

" Journalism that matters is inclusive and amplifies the voice of the voiceless." Comfort emphasized.

She was speaking as Sisterspeak237 launched a 2-day workshop on Gender disability inclusive reporting  of the armed conflict in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.

Participants will receive lessons on how to mainstream gender in reporting, look at the ongoing crisis from a gender perspective and focus on the plight of those who gained disability status because of the conflict.

Funded by the Swiss Embassy in Cameroon, the project seeks to empower journalists to tell stories better so as to effect a change.

The Swiss Ambassador to Cameroon, H.E Martin Strub in his opening remarks hoped that the workshop will shine the light in the under reported aspects of the conflict in the North West and South West regions. 

At the close of the workshop, 20 stories will be Commissioned from the over 30 journalists practicing in the North West and South West regions

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