The Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, has implemented a training for journalists on gender sensitive reporting and affirmative media presentation of vulnerable groups.
The goal of this training was to present examples of good and bad practices in reporting on women, Roma, persons with disabilities and the LGBTI community and learn to recognize discriminatory and stereotypical reporting and in the future to be empowered to present members of vulnerable groups in an affirmative manner.
Antigona Andonov, Head of the Office of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, presented the work of this institution and reminded those present of the important role of media in promoting equality, reflecting also on the results of the study “Relationship of Media in Serbia towards Discrimination” (.pdf), implemented in 2018.
Aside from Tamara Skroza, holding the training, the event was attended by Anđela Čeh from the citizens’ association “Egal”, Lana Nikolić, journalist and host at Radio Belgrade 202, and Nataša Tasić Knežević, opera singer, sharing with the present journalists their experiences in their relations with media, emphasizing why it is important to report objectively and without discrimination on the LGBTI community, persons with disabilities, or Roma persons. Those present were also addressed by Maša Mileusnić from the group “Journalists against Violence against Women”, noting the situation regarding reporting on violence against women and presenting the reasons for creating the group, along with plans for the coming period.
Click here to download the Manual for Reporting on Persons with Disabilities (.pdf), prepared for this training by Lana Nikolić.