Participants at a consultative dialogue on gender-sensititive reporting urged the media, on Tuesday, to identify gaps in implementation of laws for women’s protection and avoid stigmatising violence victims.
The dialogue was organised by White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation in collaboration with Women’s Empowerment Group and the British High Commission at the Peshawar Press Club.
Participants agreed to devise a gender-sensitive code of ethics for the media to ensure protection for women, right to privacy, and a check on publication of their pictures.
They advised the media to avoid publicising names of victims of violence to mitigate their families’ suffering and stressed proper implementation of laws for protection of women.
Stakeholders stressed the need for research-based news reporting on women’s issues. Rana Malik while sharing facts from a baseline survey on Gender Sensitisation and Violence against Women said more than 8,000 cases of violence against women were reported during the last two years .A large number of incidents are never reported.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2012.
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