Oxfam, recognising the power of the media, invited journalists from 11 countries across the region to participate in an empowerment programme designed to encourage reporters and their organisations to report on critical development issues.
In the Oxfam-supported ‘Engaging Journalists for an Equitable Asia’ programme held in Bangkok, 18 journalists were given talks on how to promote reportage on critical development issues and on the capacity building of their respective organisations to report on these issues.
“Oxfam invites journalists with a strong voice who are reporting on issues such as poverty, justice, and sustainable development, from both mainstream press and well established online channels to (continue) reporting on development issues.
“Our public engagement will target people and their organisations, and we recognize the power of journalists and the media to shape this conversation.
“We want to engage with the people in Asia so that together we can eliminate poverty and all forms of inequality, promote a space for people to stand up for themselves, and create sustainable development,” Nipuna Kumbalathra, Oxfam media and communication lead, said to the reporters.
The programme featured presentations made by experts on the media and the civil society. The sessions also focused on establishing a dialogue aiming at a positive relationship between these stakeholders.
Promoting prosperity and economic justice and enabling the rights of Asian women for sustainable development were part of the main discussions. Journalists shared experiences, positive stories they published, and the issues they face in the line of duty.