Realising from the pilot exposure of the Female Reporters’ Leadership Programme, that the Nigerian media is not also gender balanced, Evelyn Okakwu, a Judiciary Correspondent with Premium Times, chose to heed the call to challenge the norm, beginning from her media house.
Evelyn consulted with her publisher and managing editor, to advocate conscious increase in women’s voices in news stories, as well as the inclusion of more women in the media house’s management. She also conducted a step-down training for other reporters.
Talking of the difference her project has made in Premium Times, Evelyn said, “Premium Times has employed a new female management staff and promised to do more. My colleagues have become more aware of the place of women’s voices in their stories, aside writing stories which mainly target women.”