The Nepali media has covered large numbers of issues from different sectors of life. Among the issues covered is one of the most important sectors i.e. the Politics of the country. Media is regarded as the fourth organ of the state that should be fair and without any tendency towards any principles and ideologies. The Press has to fairly and accurately cover economic, social, religion, cultural aspects not only politics as they are regarded as much as important elements of the development of the society. Therefore the Nepali media has to move its agenda towards the peace process and gender issues in journalism.
IHRICON organized a 4 day residential training programme on Peace and Gender in the Nepali media with the financial support of AED/USAID. The programmes were organized for the 75 creative journalists across 3 different cities: Biratnagar, Butwal and Nepalgunj covering the 75 districts. The objective of the programme was to promote the mainstreaming of female gender issues within the peace process with the journalists and the media personnel. The collection of news articles that were published in the different media formats were fedback to the participants and the information was discussed so that a new direction of their reporting style could be achieved.
Until and unless journalists of mainstream media publications focus their articles on women participation in the peace process and role of women in conflict management the process of fair and open reporting doesn't exist and it does not give any meaningful support to the peace process in Nepal.
IHRICON has published a book on media called:
•A training Manual on Peace and Gender Reporting