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UNICEF, UNESCO, BBC join forces to train journalists in Azerbaijan on culturally appropriate and gender-sensitive reporting concerning HIV and AIDS

Teenagers at Youth Resource Centre in Azerbaijan
© UNICEF/SWZK00415/ GIACOMO PIROZZI
Teenagers at UNICEF-supported Youth Resource Centre in Azerbaijan. The Centres aims to provide a forum where young people can develop their knowledge and skills, particularly on such issues including HIV prevention

BAKU, December 1, 2006 - In the follow-up to the training-of–trainers workshop organized by UNESCO and the BBC World Service Trust within the framework of the UNESCO/Flanders project, “Culture, HIV and AIDS in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia”, UNICEF will support the organization of a series of trainings at the national level in Azerbaijan.

"The world needs the help of the media to tell the people the truth about how HIV/AIDS is spread and about its impact on individuals, the community, society and the economy" - UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan
 
The training workshops will address journalists and news editors in order to increase the quality and diversity of reports on HIV and AIDS. The workshops will highlight socio-cultural issues such as traditions or gender norms and practices related to HIV and AIDS in Azerbaijan in order to improve skills in reporting on the epidemic. A special emphasis will be given to the use of appropriate and non-stigmatizing language and images when reporting on HIV and AIDS.

“The question which we all need to answer is, ‘What are we doing about this human disaster?’” said UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan, Hanaa Singer. “The world needs the help of the media to tell the people the truth about how HIV/AIDS is spread and about its impact on individuals, the community, society and the economy. Yet there is much ignorance about HIV/AIDS,” she added. “The greatest dangers contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS are ignorance, pretence, silence, denial and a combination of these.”

The workshops, to be organized in collaboration with INTERNEWS Azerbaijan, will bring together participants from all regions of Azerbaijan and will be held in Baku on 2-5 December 2006 with follow-up trainings to be conducted in Ganja, Masalli and Guba in January 2007.

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UNICEF works in 156 countries and territories around the world. Its programmes cover education, health, water and sanitation and the protection of children. UNICEF also advocates with governments for inclusive policies, budgets, and programmes to protect and promote the rights of children, and to ensure that children have a voice in their own futures.


For further information please contact:

Ayna Mollazade, Communication Officer, Azerbaijan
Tel:  99412 492 3013
Fax: 99412 492 2468
Email: amollazade@unicef.org

 

 

 
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