Unveiling the Gender Narrative: A Journalistic Quest in Rwanda

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In Bugesera district, a diverse group of journalists from various media houses across the country come together for a training organized by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) in collaboration with Sweden Statistics and the Gender Monitoring Office. The mission: to equip these journalists with the necessary tools to report on gender data-based stories with accuracy, sensitivity, and depth.

With a mix of seasoned journalists and eager newcomers were longing and ready to delve into the world of gender statistics and reporting. The facilitators, experts in their fields, began by unraveling the intricate web of statistical methodologies used to gather gender-disaggregated data. Charts, graphs, and case studies illuminated the significance of such data in uncovering the multifaceted layers of gender-based issues prevalent in society.

Journalists attending the training session

As the time passed on, the journalists embarked on a transformative journey. Discussions ensued on the importance of ethical reporting, the power of storytelling, and the need for a gender-inclusive lens in journalism. Hands-on workshops allowed them to dissect data, mine for narratives, and craft compelling stories that transcended mere numbers, painting vivid portraits of societal challenges and triumphs.

The training wasn’t just about numbers and statistics; it was about humanizing data. Through immersive sessions, the journalists are to meet individuals whose lives had been impacted by gender disparities. They eager to listen attentively to personal accounts, amplifying the voices of those often marginalized or overlooked by mainstream media.

Journalists showcasing their interest in the presentation made through interactions

Empowered with newfound knowledge and insight, the journalists are expected to return to their respective newsrooms invigorated. Armed with a deeper understanding of gender-based issues and equipped with the skills to interpret data, they embarked on a mission to transform reporting practices. Their articles and broadcasts are to became catalysts for change, shedding light on the untold stories of gender inequality, championing gender equity, and sparking constructive dialogue across Rwanda.

The collaboration between NISR, Sweden Statistics, and the Gender Monitoring Office had sown seeds of change. The ripple effect of this training, hopefully will be extended beyond the newsrooms, influence public discourse and policy decisions, ignite a movement towards a more equitable and inclusive society.

Mukantwari Magnifique

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