Capacity Building

Training of Journalists for policy outreach and advocacy on human rights and Media Alliance/Coalition building at national and Asia regional level have been the strength of Journalists for Democracy and Human Right (JDHR), which has conducted several such activities in and outside the country and had trained and networked over 1500 journalists during almost two decades (Eighteen years).

JDHR has built capacity of 130 journalists on physical and digital safety. In the series of such trainings, 80 more journalists are being trained in collaboration with Solidarity Centre. These trainings are helpful for the participants in terms of physical and digital safety challenges being faced by rural and district-level journalists in Pakistan. JDHR has conducted dozens of capacity building workshops for representatives of civil society organisations on Policy Outreach, Advocacy, Media Work, Campaigning, Research Uptake, Lobbying, Communications, Gender Sensitive Reporting and Social Media. JDHR also conducted media training workshops on Reporting and Editing Skills, Media Ethics, Child Rights and Child Labour issues, Women’s rights and Gender issue, Economic and Trade Issues and Conflict and Disaster Reporting.

The support for these workshops were provided by the then National Commission for Child Welfare and Development (NCCWD), Ministry of Women’s Development, Ministries of Commerce and Information, Government of Pakistan and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal, Institute for Policy Studies, Sri Lanka, Asia Media Forum, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), UNDP, UNICEF, International Labour Organization (ILO), Solidarity Centre, Oxfam and Actionaid Pakistan.

Currently JDHR is undertaking a training programme for journalists/editors to impart conceptual knowledge around ethical and professional standards of reporting, editorial responsibilities and on media’s role in promoting interfaith harmony in the country in line with the objectives of the National Action Plan 2015. In addition to the above short term programmes, JDHR is also implementing a longterm training programme to promote responsible and objective journalism/inclusive media. In this project, JDHR aims to promote media pluralism, especially greater diversity of opinions and beliefs, which in the long run, will increase tolerance, respect and mutual understanding among all faiths in Pakistan in line with the objectives of National Action Plan 2015.