Media for Gender Justice: Insights from Gender Experts #7 Shyamala Gomez

by Hasarel Gallage

As a part of the expert interview series, this week we bring the thoughts of Ms. Shyamala Gomez. Executive Director of center for Equality and Justice. She speaks on sensationalistic journalism in Sri Lanka and the blatant ignorance of crucial issues such as reconciliation and peace-building in media in place of those that are relatively trivial. "25% of the household in Sri Lanka are women headed. In addition women are the most affected in issues concerning post-war Sri Lanka. Journalist need to focus on this situation". In this light, drafting of a Gender Charter is vital as well as its implementation. Journalists should have access to this Charter while also training them on best practices of media ethics, adds Ms. Gomez.