Female Journalists from different media outlet last week mobilized women across 11 District of the country to participate in the implementation of government programs.
This was done during practical training organized by the Media High Council in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Rwanda) and The Association of Rwandese Female Journalists (ARFEM).
On the first day of the training held from 20th to 26th August 2019, 24 selected female journalists were taken through different government program including The National Strategy for Transformation (NST1), Vision 2020 and had discussions on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Rwanda's Social Economic Transformation.
During the evaluation and closing ceremony, journalists said that they had the opportunity to talk to women, where they learned that women participate in the social and economic development of the country through entrepreneurship, innovation, working in cooperatives and saving groups.
“This has also been an opportunity to learn from women in different walk of life who managed to improve the livelihood of their family using the small resources they had. Now we are no longer afraid to work on topics judged risky because the training boosted our self confidence.”
Ingabire Egidie, ARFEM Chairperson said that it’s of a great importance having time to go in different villages and talk to women who started with only 1000Frw or below and now have a story that can inspire others.
She encouraged female journalists to keep working on success stories about women, because they serve as motivation to those who feel like giving up.
In his remark, The Executive Secretary of Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo who commended the partnership with UNDP and ARFEM said that journalism is not about sight-seeing but hard work.
“You requested that training sessions become permanent, which is no small feat due to resources. What we ask of you is that you make good use of these opportunities, that you come together and develop projects that can be funded.” He said.
Mbungiramihigo added that in collaboration with ARFEM, Media High Council is ready to support projects anticipated by female journalists.
Prepared by: MUKANEZA Marie Ange
Public Relations & Communication Officer