UMWA LECTURES FEMALE JOURNALISTS IN GULU ON COVID19 SAFETY MEASURES

BY WALTER KUMIRA

GULU: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 24 2021

The hope and struggles of female journalists in Gulu to inform and hold office bearers accountable to the members of the society has been boosted after receiving training on safety and security and precautionary measures against corona virus while executing their journalistic work.

The one-day training that took place at Northern Uganda Media Club Facility in Gulu City which attracted over 20 female journalists and four selected male counterparts was organized by the Uganda Media Women Association – UMWA, an association that brings together female journalists in Uganda with funding support from UNESCO.

Daniel Kawessa, the officer in charge of Information and Communication at UNESCO, says journalists must ensure they wear facemasks, wash their hands regularly and avoid crowded gatherings in case it’s not mandatory, rather than putting their safety and security first.

Margaret Sentamu, a trainer with the Uganda Media Women association, who facilitated the training, said the chances of spreading corona virus by female journalists to their family members is very high especially during the processes of breast feeding their babies and also taking care of other children.

William Onyai, the Health educator of Gulu district, applauded Uganda Media Women Association-UMWA, for offering constructive and educative precautionary majors to female journalists because they stand high risk of contracting and spreading coronavirus to their families.

Charles Akena, the Coordinator of Northern Uganda Media Club-NUMEC, said the training support to female journalists was very timely especially when journalists are facing challenges in the process of doing their work.

Jacqueline Adure, a freelance journalist based in Gulu, said the training was spot on and pledged to put what she has learnt during the training into practice to improve her journalistic work.

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