Why female politicians deserve better coverage

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Participants and resource persons at the forum.
Participants at the two-day media engagement forum for female candidates.

The role of the media as campaign platform and public sphere during elections especially will not be discharged efficiently unless the right to equitable media access is enjoyed by all political actors regardless of their gender.

In fact, section 1.2 of the newly released Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage (NMCEC) tasks media organisations to design a deliberate editorial policy that targets “under-represented groups, especially women, youths, persons living with disabilities and rural dwellers in the coverage of electoral processes.” The section goes further to underscore the need to “reflect the views and perspectives of women, youths, persons living with disabilities and rural dwellers in electoral reports.”

And for the objective of this provision of the NMCEC to be realized as it concerns womenfolk especially, a two-day media engagement forum was held for female candidates from the South West, North, South-south and South-east on deepening understanding and improving the use of conventional and new/social media for campaigns and other electoral activities in Ibadan and Abuja recently…

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