Minister in charge of General duties Hon Mary Karoro Okurut has called upon media practitioners in the country to do more to promote women and woman’s issues while writing news stories.
Officiating at a training workshop for the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWART) in Kampala, the minister condemned what she called a trend of media stories concentrating on negative aspects of women while ignoring the constructive parts.
“You find women unfairly demonizing their fellow women. You need to write positively about your fellow women in order to attract others to do the same,” she said.
Meanwhile, the minister called upon male journalists to stop sexual harassment of female journalists and urged them instead to join in the campaign to fight this vice.
At the event, Dr Maggie Kigozi the Patron of IAWART asked journalists to ensure that they create an impact to their societies by directly participating in various activities voluntary work
“Jobs are temporary; don’t over rely on your current jobs. You need to create a side source of income so that in case you lose or retire from your current job you don’t face financial challenges,” she said.
Kigozi pointed out that she is a trained medical doctor who has worked in various sectors for survival and she is still engaging in more.
Professor Nassanga Gorretti from Makerere University who has spent close to 40 years in the journalism field asked journalists who report directly from the field to always ensure that they do a lot of research so that they can be more informed since everyone looks at them as people who are informed more than anybody else