Journalists Trained in Gender Responsive Public Services

By: Laymah Kollie

Monrovia – February 3,2023: ActionAid and Partner recently concluded a two day training for fifteen (15) Journalists from Print, Online and Electronic media on how to engage and report on the Gender Responsive Public Services framework of 2018.

The Gender Responsive Public Services (GRPS) framework was adopted by Actionaid in 2016 and updated in 2018. It offers practical guidance to all matters relating to public services, including education, health, transport, water and sanitation, early childcare, agricultural extension and street lighting amongst others. The GRPS has been revised and simplified around four core pillars of what Action Aid believes gender-responsive public services should be. These pillars include: Government funding public institutions, providing public delivery universally, Gender equitable and inclusiveness and focused on quality, in line with human rights frameworks
For each of these pillars the framework provides an analysis of key issues, clear guidance, practical examples and indicators to assess progress.

The training aimed to build and strengthen partnerships with media outlets including social media profiling of anti-austerity work, share AAL consolidated education approach that focuses on gender responsive public education and its link to GRPS and to increase the capacity of media professionals (reporters/journalists) on GRPS framework and how to use the tool for anti-austerity work. 

” Reporting these issues is very important for us. It helps us reach broader audience of people we serve. Partnering with the media will make us collaborate together so that we can share and do how we report and engage stakeholders around providing public service delivery in Liberia. After doing this partnership with you, we are hoping that you can use this framework that Actionaid has, or you learn how to report, write or investigate issues around Gender Responsive Public Services in thee Education and Health sector,” ActionAid Learning Program Officer, Prince Gaye said.

During the capacity building session, participants were drilled on Gender Equality, Gender Equity, Inclusion, various Gender Responsive Public Services in Education and Health amongst others.

At the close of the two days event, participants/Journalists lauded the organizers for the knowledge of acquired and promised to use it in their various reportage.

However, participants also drafted an action plan as a working tool for the next three months.The plan submitted to Actionaid will be reviewed and communicated to media practitioners on working ways further.

Actionaid is a global human rights organization working to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. In Liberia they focus on strengthening poor and marginalised people, especially women and youth in effort to claim their rights.
The training is one of the institution activities conducted in accomplishing their goals.

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