Media Alert / Training

MISA-Swaziland runs training session, generates debate on women’s rights

MISA Swaziland | Training
February 6 2013

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Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), in partnership with human rights NGO COSPE, is running three training sessions for journalists in February on women’s rights.

The first session was held yesterday in Mbabane, the capital. Six journalists attended the practical training session, where they are encouraged to assert their journalistic independence while searching for real stories in the real world.

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MISA & COSPE training session: Journalists Nontobeko Tshabalala (Times of Swaziland) and Noxolo Nkabinde (Swazi Observer) checking their notes after interviewing women at the Mbabane bus rank

“The session started off with morning discussions among the media representatives on women’s issues, they [then] participated in an interaction with the general public on the subject”, reported one of the participating journalists Noxolo Nkabinde, writing in today’s Swazi Observer.

“During the discussion, women’s rights in general were discussed and how they ended up being infringed. This includes abusing women sexually, emotionally, physically and otherwise. It was raised that most women in the country were not even aware of what rights they had,” said Nkabinde.

She added: “Since the training session was practical, all the reporters went out in different directions to interview the public on women’s rights and where they thought they were being infringed. The intention of the exercise and the training was to improve journalists’ understanding of women’s rights and improve their reporting on relevant issues, in a practical environment.”

Nkabinde’s colleague at the Swazi Observer, community news reporter Winile Mavuso, also wrote an article that stemmed from the MISA-COSPE training session. Mavuso shone a light on the “mixed feelings” that many people hold toward abortion.

“While the majority of men feel that abortion should not be allowed in the country, there are converted ones who believe that women should have a right to abort if they don’t want the pregnancy.”

An article written by Swazi Observer journalist Winile Mavuso after the MISA-COPSE training session in Mbabane on Wednesday 6 February, 2014

An article written by Swazi Observer journalist Winile Mavuso after the MISA-COPSE training session in Mbabane on Wednesday 6 February, 2014

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MISA & COSPE media training on women’s rights: Welcome Dlamini (Sunday Observer), Patrick Myeni (The Nation), Nontobeko Tshabalala (Times of Swaziland), Noxolo Nkabinde (Swazi Observer), Thembika Dlamini (Swazi Observer), Winile Mavuso (Swazi Observer)

MISA and COSPE are running two more trainings in February, one in the commercial capital Manzini, and the other in the smaller rural town of Sitiki.

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For comments or queries, please contact:
Vuyisile Hlatshwayo
MISA-Swaziland National Director

Email: misa.nd@realnet.co.sz

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