(WSCIJ) Commends GSAI on its Dedication to the CMEDIA Project, Emphasized on Community engagement

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The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) Commends GSAI on its Dedication to the CMEDIA Project, Emphasized on Community engagement.

In a significant step towards promoting investigative journalism and accountability in governance and society, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) through its Collaborative Media Engagement for Development, Industry, and Accountability (CMEDIA), recently paid a visit to Gender Strategy Advancement International (GSAI). 

The visit aimed to review the progress of projects focused on investigative stories at the grassroots level, unmasking institutional and regulatory failures at the sub-national levels in the public and private sectors as well as paying attention to under-reported issues, places, and people in Nigeria.

The WSCIJ is renowned for its unwavering commitment to investigative journalism and advocacy for transparency and accountability in governance. As part of its CMEDIA initiative, WSCIJ is collaborating with like-minded organizations to shed light on critical social issues and catalyze positive change through powerful storytelling and media engagement.

Gender Strategy Advancement International, a leading gender advocacy NGO in Nigeria, has been at the forefront of championing women’s rights and empowerment. Through research, advocacy, and capacitybuilding programs, GSAI has been instrumental in shaping the discourse around gender equality in the country.

The meeting between WSCIJ CMEDIA and GSAI was marked by a sense of shared purpose and passion for driving gender inclusivity in leadership and governance. The discussion revolved around the challenges faced by women in accessing leadership roles, the prevailing gender stereotypes, and the urgency of creating a more equitable political landscape in Nigeria.

During the meeting, WSCIJ CMEDIA emphasized the need for sustainability of the engagements GSAI made with the Abuja Municipal council through the journalists, a follow up to see if the budget in the council addresses the needs of women, and also continuous engagement with the women politicians that we worked with to mentor people to be more involved in politics to bring about lasting and progressive change.

Furthermore, the team from WSCIJ shared valuable insights on data-driven reporting and the importance of data analytics in shaping compelling narratives that resonate with a wider audience. By leveraging robust data and evidence-based reporting, GSAI can enhance the impact of its advocacy and policy interventions.

GSAI, in turn, highlighted the need for collaborative efforts to bridge the gender gap in leadership roles. They emphasized the significance of engaging with stakeholders at various levels, including policymakers, political parties, and local communities, to foster an enabling environment for women to participate in governance.

The meeting concluded with a shared sense of appreciation and commitment from both the Wole

Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) and Gender Strategy Advancement International (GSAI). The projects showcased the transformative power of empowering women to play active roles in governance and leadership. The meeting highlighted the importance of collaboration, adaptability, and a sustainable approach to foster lasting change in the Nigerian society.

In the coming months, the WSCIJ CMEDIA and GSAI partnership will witness a series of joint initiatives, including capacity-building workshops for journalists, data-driven investigations, and multimedia storytelling projects. By synergizing their expertise and resources, both organizations are determined to effect positive change and create a more transparent, accountable, inclusive and representative leadership landscape in Nigeria.

As the nation takes strides towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, the collaborative efforts of WSCIJ CMEDIA and GSAI in combatting gender exclusion in governance will serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for a brighter, more equal future for all Nigerians. Through their dedication to investigative journalism and gender advocacy, they epitomize the power of collective action in shaping a more just and inclusive society.

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