A civil society organization, Media and Gender Enlightenment Initiative (MEGEIN), on Tuesday said women were under reported in the media in Nigeria, urging media professionals to brace up.
The Organization Project Director, Dr. Nkem Ukozor, made the assertion in Owerri at an interaction forum with journalists.
The immediate past Head of Department of Mass Communication, Imo State University (IMSU), urged the media to report women more effectively like their male counterparts.
She said that women, who occupied sensitive positions were not often seen as news sources by the media, making them feel inferior among their male counterparts.
The project director said the development had created serious gap between the male and female counterparts, adding that societal factor had also played a major role in the ugly trend.
“We are embarking on this advocacy visit to solicit media support on the marginalization women are facing. We want the media to make women news sources where necessary and for the society to always have regard to women’s contributions,” she stated.
She decried a situation where women were not carried along in the society, urging them to get themselves together and brace up to the challenges.
Mr. Honour Sirawoo, National Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), urged women to show more capacity in all aspects of human endeavour to be seen as news sources.