Deadline nears for women journalists’ reproductive health conference


Experienced women journalists from West Africa have up till Friday April 19, 2019 to register for this year’s regional workshop on the important role of religious leaders in promoting the reproductive health and well-being of women and families.

A statement on the conference reads in part: The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is calling for applications for its “Women’s Edition” training program in West Africa. “Women’s Edition” brings together high-profile women journalists-editors, heads of desks, and journalists-for week-long seminars on topics related to reproductive health, population and development issues.

The seminar will be held in Dakar (Senegal) in June 2019 and will focus on the commitment of religious leaders in the West African region to promote reproductive health and the well-being of women and families. The Women’s Edition Workshop offers a unique opportunity to be part of an international network of experienced women journalists who are interested in health and development. The PRB will select 12 women journalists from across West Africa to attend the Dakar seminar.

During the seminar, journalists will participate in sessions with experts in health and development; they will also participate in editorial meetings to develop strategies to cover these issues to better contribute to advocacy. Site visits are also on the agenda of this regional meeting. The participants selected at the end of this first workshop will have the opportunity to be invited, in 2020, to a second seminar on a different theme of reproductive health. They will have access to grants for in-depth reporting on reproductive health.

The Women’s Edition Workshop is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). It will be facilitated by PRB facilitators.

After the seminar, Women’s Edition participants should produce in-depth reports, series of articles and programs or radio productions on the themes of the workshop. Journalists authoring the best productions will be invited to attend seminars and study tours in 2020 to learn more about reproductive health, population and development.

Experienced female journalists who:

Work in a country in West Africa.
Have an influential position – editor, journalist or producer – in a leading organization such as national and regional newspapers, radio and radio stations. Self-employed women and bloggers can apply but must provide a letter of support from a media outlet stating that their work will be published or broadcast.
Demonstrate a strong interest in health, development and population issues and a commitment to cover these topics.
Communicate easily and effectively in French for the workshop, although they can write or broadcast in any other language.
The PRB will cover all seminar expenses, including travel, accommodation and food.

Applications must be sent to PRB no later than Friday, April 19th. Successful candidates will be informed by Friday, April 26th.

Participation includes commitments to:

Participate in the week-long seminar.
Publish or broadcast reports on topics discussed during the seminar.
Send PRB a copy of each report, survey, file, article or radio program immediately after publication or broadcast.
Fill out the form via the PRB online submission portal . For your application, you will need to provide:

Contact information.
Your current CV
A declaration of interest.
A brief account of an important topic on reproductive health in your country. The subject is your choice and will simply serve to demonstrate your knowledge of reproductive health.
Two copies of two of your best journalistic productions.
Two references.
A letter of support from your leader.
If you have any questions or would like to submit your application by email instead of using the online form, please contact [email protected] .

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