Safety training for female journalists took place in Ed Damer, River Nile state, on 23-25 May 2017, in the training center of the Water Authority in El Damer. The training session was organized by the Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) – being a part of the country’s initiative of the International Programme for Developing Communications (IPDC) and Khartoum office of UNESCO. Twenty women-journalists were trained to manage their personal security risks – from all northern states of Sudan. This was a forth training of the series initiated by UNESCO and IPDC. First training took place in Khartoum in February-March, second – in Wad Medani in April, third – in El Fasher in May.
The opening session was started on 23 May at 10:30 in the presence of the General Director of Ministry of Culture of the River Nile state, Mr. Altomh Awad, and the representatives of the Sudanese Journalists Union: Dr. Hadia Ali, the Women Department, Mr. Ahmed Al-Sharif, the States Department, Ms. Hayatt Homuida, the Social Department, and Ms Amin Shatta, the training officer). Dr. Hadia welcomed the participants, described the training program of SJU which is organized in partnership with the Khartoum office of UNESCO, and thanked the partners for good collaboration.
Starting the training session, the facilitator, Ms. Mungidah Bushara involved the participants in icebreaking conversation about their affiliations, their places of living and their expectations for the training. The expectations were drafted in five points defining the frameworks of the training. Then the participants were divided into five working groups for the intensive team work.
The closing ceremony of the three days’ workshop was honored by the Governor of the River Nile state, Major Hougogi Hatem Alwasila, the representative of Ed Damer Locality, Major. Altayeb Almosbah, the state’s Minister of Tourism and Information Mr. Ahmed Elsheikh, the Director General of the state’s Ministry of Culture, Mr. Altomh Awad, the Head of the Sudanese Journalists Union in the River Nile state, Mr. Abdullah Agied, and the members of the Executive Office of Journalists Union: Mr. Ahmed Al-Sharif, the States Department, Ms. Hayatt Homuida, the Social Department, and Ms. Amin Shatta, the training officer.
The Governor of the River Nile state praised the training, saying that it was organized at right time and demonstrating his support to programs that contribute to capacity building of state’s journalists. He appreciated the safety training for female journalists as a distinctive initiative, and acclaimed the outstanding level of female journalist’s attendance in it. He called the Sudanese Journalists Union to adopt more activities to enhance the skills of journalists, pointing to the need of the state for strengthening knowledge of its inhabitants about their cultural and historical heritage. Mr. Ahmed Al-Sherif, the spokesman of Sudanese Journalists Union, reiterated the Union's commitment to finding opportunities for training female journalists in cooperation with international and national organizations. He paid special tribute to the UNESCO office in Khartoum, mentioning that the safety training initiative being among the largest programs of the Union in this year – was designed in collaboration with the Khartoum Office of UNESCO.