Following the media training on parliamentary processes in February, EISA held a two-day training for media professionals from Antananarivo and other regions of Madagascar on how to display more sensitive gender news coverage. The event took place on September 11th and 12th in Antananarivo. Media professionals are an important partner in sensitising and promoting a democratic culture and encouraging equity between men and women. 18 journalists attended the training, 8 of them were from the regions where women's participation is particularly challenging.
From 20 to 22 February 2018, a capacity building workshop for media professionals was held in Antsirabe, in partnership with the Friedrich Erbert Foundation (FES) and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The workshop aimed to improve journalists' understanding of parliamentary work so that they can contribute to increased accountability and transparency of governance processes. Thirty journalists from 15 regions of the country participated.
It is important to note that for the first time in Madagascar, regional radios have been associated with such an initiative. In a context where more than 80 % of the population are living in rural areas with difficult access to information. As the most accessible and popular media in the country, training radio journalists can play a crucial role in reporting and sensitising the population on democratic processes.