Nankwanga Eunice Kasirye, the chapter Head IAWRT Uganda, highlighted the vital role the media has in raising awareness of GBV by setting the agenda with the power to dictate public perception.
"The subject of gender violence calls for ethical professional reporting, requiring fairness, honesty and accuracy. Otherwise, a lack of such values may instead seem to condone violence against women and girls."
Evelyn Letiyo, a program specialist with the UN women in Uganda discussed the connection between gender violence against women and power.
“Violence starts slowly with subtle nonphysical acts until it graduates into physical violence, sometimes escalating into permanent damage or death. Consistent threats should not be ignored because with time they are put into action”
Martin Ninsiima the Communication and Advocacy Specialist at UN Women Uganda, called upon the media to deliberately champion the positive portrayal of women at all times.
"The media should be gender sensitive in preparing content such selecting panelists for shows and programs, choosing sources, internal recruitment and management structuring among other approaches".
IAWRT held a media forum in Quezon City in observance of the International Day of Violence Against Women on November 25.
A new secretariat in Manila was also launched.
Women journalists who attended told stories of physical attacks on them whilst working and arbitrary arrests.
Practical safety training to enhance physical safety included students and veteran journalists.
The scale of digital attacks on women media workers and Philippines media outlets, were presented along with perspectives on digital harassment of Australian women journalists and an international freelancer reporting in Zimbabwe.
These attacks aim to shut down women's voices.
They are an attack on the media's freedom to represent the reality of society.