By Staff Writer

The impact of Climate Change on women, especially rural women will be central to deliberations during a Climate Change and gender workshop to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week.

The meeting will be attended by senior journalists and editors from Southern Africa.
It has been convened by UN WOMEN, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women in partnership with the Southern Africa Journalists Association, SAJA.

Senior journalists, including editors from Malawi, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe will be among the delegates.

The journalists were drawn from different media sectors which include print, online, radio and television.

Expected to run from July 26 to 29 July, the workshop has drawn high powered delegations from the media and gender sectors from the region.

Expected outcomes include strengthening the media’s ability to report on the gendered impacts of Climate Change.

Journalists will be equipped with skills to understand and accurately report on the impact of Climate Change and deepen their understanding of gender equality and the impact of Climate Change on women.

In addition, the journalists are expected to have an increased awareness about the role of women, especially rural women as agents of change.

The workshop will seek to encourage more journalists to write about Climate Change, talk about it through story telling on various platforms in different languages and to facilitate story production.

Among the expert presenters will be veteran journalist, Obinna Anyadike who is the Editor –at-Large of Kenya based Integrated Regional Information Networks, IRIN.
Bethel Goka, an award winning web developer and digital media expert who has worked with large media organisations will make a presentation on the use of ICTs and Social Media to communicate Climate Change.-ACCCKF