Training of community radio journalists on HIV/AIDS and gender mainstreaming
UNESCO is supporting Mwanedu FM to carry out a capacity building training for community radio journalists on HIV/AIDS and gender mainstreaming at Mwanedu FM, Voi, Kenya. The training aims to create and develop greater understanding in reporting HIV/AIDS as a gender issue. Journalists will be empowered with skills on how to cover and report HIV/AIDS issues, accessing statistics and interpretation and how to involve women so that they speak out and be heard. The training will look at gender mainstreaming so that HIV/AIDS is seen as a cross-cutting issue.
The topic to be covered in the training include: Protection, management and care given to persons living with HIV and AIDS, stigma reduction, defining gender and sex roles, open talks about sex, Hiv-Aids and protective methods, management and healthy living.
Radio programmes to follow will look at ways of acceptance, protection, management and mitigation, care and love to the affected and infected. Experts and women groups will be invited for on-air programs with a view of breaking the silence. The programmes will also identify care-giving centres and link the infected persons with the same for support.
This activity is part of UNESCO’s on-going capacity building initiative of Empowering Local Radio with ICTs" in the region.