The media has a role in mitigating the risks of GBV through sensitive reporting. Insensitive and unethical media reporting is listed among reasons behind society shunning and shaming survivors. The media has to sensitise the masses on core principles that dignify humanity and as provided for by the Constitution. Any story that violates the ethical principles of journalism must be retracted to avoid further damage.
In challenging societal expectations where survivors have nowhere to report their issues, human rights organisations can provide the much-needed link between survivors and the media. The media, in their reportage, must highlight the legal and social ramifications of GBV, as a continuous reminder to perpetrators that there are punishments as prescribed by the law of the land.
The above interview is an exert from a story on Daily Nation by Agatha Gichana. You can read the full story here: https://nation.africa/kenya/news/gender/champions-speak-here-s-how-to-beat-gender-based-violence-4047884