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In Search of Women-Supportive Media for Sustainable Development in Nigeria

In Search of Women-Supportive Media for Sustainable Development in Nigeria
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Author(s): Tunde Musibau Akanni (Lagos State University, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 24
Source title: Exploring Journalism Practice and Perception in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Abiodun Salawu (North-West University, South Africa) and Toyosi Olugbenga Samson Owolabi (Lagos State University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3376-4.ch007

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Abstract

As women all over the world keep advocating for the advancement of women's rights and allied matters, it becomes imperative to undertake relevant reviews. In line with this thought, this chapter investigated the likelihood of women-supportive media's coverage on two incidents: The Ugborodo women's protest of 2002 in the Niger Delta as well as the anniversary of International Women's Day in 2015. Interestingly, women from all over the world chose the same year to resolve on Planet 50-50 as a landmark commemoration of the Beijing Platform for Action, BPFA of 1995. Guided by the social responsibility theory of the media, the research methods used were both qualitative content analysis and in-depth interview. For content analysis, two national newspapers currently edited by women, The Sunday Punch and Saturday Punch newspapers were examined to ascertain the selected titles' reckoning for women's issues. Interviews were also conducted with women in the media, academia and civil society groups. The findings revealed that the selected newspapers, though edited by women, still needed some support to ensure inclusivity as it concerned women.

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