Islamabad, 17 December 2021 (TDI): Australia has sponsored an online workshop for Journalists of Pakistan on gender-sensitive reporting on violence against women on Wednesday.

Australian High commissioner to Pakistan Geoffrey Shaw attended the conference online on behalf of its government.

In a tweet, Shaw told that he is very delighted to support and join the conference.

The conference gender-sensitive reporting was organized by the Center for Excellence in Journalism. CEJ is an initiative for the professional development and training of journalists and media professionals.

The top Pakistani Journalists and activists had joined the conference. Mubashir Zaidi, Amber Shamsi, Saba Imtiaz, and Farieha Aziz had attended the fruitful session on Wednesday.

Conference Remarks

During the conference, the Australian High commissioner had stated gender-based violence as a shared threat. Moreover, The violence has a sharp increase in its trend after the outbreak of the Covid19 Pandemic and media has an important role in ending violence against women, he noted.

While addressing the conference, Acting Head of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism at IBA Karachi Ayesha Azhar noted the Gender-based violence most prevalent, systemic, and under-reported human rights violations in the world.

Umber Khairi trained the participants during the workshop. He shared his own experience on account of the transformative role media can play in preventing violence against women and girls. In that sense, Australia was sponsoring the conference to promote gender equality and the rights of women and girls.

Moreover, the country is promoting development, economic and bilateral cooperation with Pakistan through such activities, events, and workshops.