A four-day workshop took place in Lusaka, Zambia, on editorial, programming and monitoring matters from 24 to 28 March 2014. The workshop also covered radio formats and gender-sensitive reporting.
All five benefitting radios from Zambia participated in this workshop, involving 10 participants, including six women. The training had a participative and critical approach in which all participants engaged through discussions and knowledge-exchange to reinforce networking and collaboration after the training.
Gender sensitivity reporting was encouraged through gender balance in media coverage presence, gender specific programs and reporting sources. The local trainer, Sam Phiri, also pointed out the existing patriarchy in media and how to eliminate it at the local radio programmes.One of the ways in which gender balance could be assured at the radio stations and in the field was through "checklists" and "gender-markers", ensuring more female presence in correspondent and reporter's work. There were also role-playing activities to understand and practice how to eliminate stereotypes and sexist language on the radio, especially during call-in programs. The participants highlighted how the youth participation in talk-shows highly contributes to eliminate stereotypes about gender.