The Report Women! News and Newsroom Engagement is a project under the Report Women! initiative of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), designed to strategically engage the executive management and staff of news media organisations within Nigeria and eventually Africa, to increase the representation of women in their coverage and newsroom leadership, design a source guide of women experts and raise champions for the cause of equality.
The Report Women! initiative came into inception in the year 2014 to address the dearth of news reports on issues of access and abuse as they affect girls and women in Nigeria. The News and Newsroom Engagement, which commenced in 2021, is a 3-year multi-prong initiative, with three major activities—House-to-House, Female experts source guide, and Champion building.
House-to-House: A strategic engagement of the leadership and members of staff of select media organisations on the need for gender balance between men and women in their news and newsrooms.
Female experts source guide: A documentation of female experts across strategic sectors to help the Nigerian media have easy reference to suitable female sources. The source guide will be intentionally inclusive of women who are marginalised based on geographic, ethnic, religious, economic, educational or political status. It will also include women with disabilities as sources and experts in news.
Champion building: A technical and financial resource pool to support pioneers of equality between men and women in the news and newsroom with mentorship, funds for story projects, an archive of data on issues requiring support, legal support and capacity development for women and men who champion the cause of equality.