During a panel discussion at the Valada Hotel in Jos, Plateau, the coordinator of the Plateau Peace Media Network, Matthew Tegha, emphasized the crucial role of media in preventing violence against women and girls. Speaking at a one-day media roundtable organized by UN Women Nigeria under the Women in Peace and Security Network (WPS), Tegha underscored the unique position of the media in shaping narratives, challenging societal norms, and driving positive change.
The event, held on Friday, December 8, 2023, brought together stakeholders to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, following the 2023 theme “Unite! Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls.” This international campaign runs annually from November 25 to December 10.
Tegha highlighted the media’s responsibility in fostering collective consciousness, bringing attention to gender-based violence, and encouraging communities to stand against these atrocities. He emphasized the power of compelling storytelling, investigative journalism, and thoughtful commentary in influencing public opinion and inspiring meaningful action.
“The aspect of investment in preventing violence against women and girls is equally crucial,” said Tegha. “I look forward to exploring how media organizations can allocate resources to create impactful campaigns, educational programs, and advocacy initiatives. By strategically investing in content that challenges stereotypes, promotes awareness, and educates the public, we can contribute to a cultural shift that rejects violence and embraces gender equality.” he said
During the discussion, Tegha proposed a deep dive into successful media campaigns that raised awareness and galvanized communities. He urged a consideration of challenges faced by media organizations in addressing the issue and encouraged collaborative approaches to overcome these hurdles.
The Commissioner of Women’s Affairs and Social Development in Plateau, Mrs. Caroline Panglang, shared her goals for the ministry, assuring that the administration of Governor Barr Caleb Mutfwang prioritizes women and girls through the ministry.
Other discussants, including the Vice Chairman of the Plateau State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr. Pam Musa; the Plateau State Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Nene Dung; a representative of the He For She Network, Dr. Stanley; a representative of the Women Mentors, and a Director at the Ministry, took turns to discuss this year’s theme “Unite! Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls,” highlighting and sharing insights while identifying gaps and addressing them.
The roundtable provided a platform for robust and constructive conversations on the crucial role of the media in the global effort to prevent violence against women and girls.