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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Younger Journalist at JIS wins PAJ Award

Story Highlights

  • Gender-based violence (GBV) stays a delicate subject in society, regardless of the devastating results on the lives of victims.

  • This stirred the inventive response of younger communication practitioner on the Jamaica Info Service (JIS), Twila Wheelan, who received a Press Affiliation of Jamaica (PAJ) Award for her efforts in elevating consciousness on the difficulty.

  • Miss Wheelan, engaged on the nationwide ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ Public Training Marketing campaign, wrote and produce a six-part radio collection, titled ‘Not Secure for Ladies’.

Gender-based violence (GBV) stays a delicate subject in society, regardless of the devastating results on the lives of victims.

This stirred the inventive response of younger communication practitioner on the Jamaica Info Service (JIS), Twila Wheelan, who received a Press Affiliation of Jamaica (PAJ) Award for her efforts in elevating consciousness on the difficulty.

Miss Wheelan, engaged on the nationwide ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ Public Training Marketing campaign, wrote and produce a six-part radio collection, titled ‘Not Secure for Ladies’.

The collection centered on the several types of gender-based violence girls expertise and was awarded Finest Radio Characteristic/Documentary on the 2020 PAJ Awards ceremony.

“This venture was one thing I took on whole-heartedly. I didn’t see it as one other job to be accomplished, however I felt like I had a nationwide obligation to make the piece impactful and far-reaching due to how critical of a difficulty GVB is in our society,” she tells JIS Information.

She factors out that the ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ marketing campaign fashioned a part of the Nationwide Strategic Plan to finish violence towards girls and was executed by the United Nations (UN) Ladies, in partnership with the Ministry of Tradition, Gender, Leisure and Sports activities and the Bureau of Gender Affairs.

“I’ve to commend the Authorities for this superb public training effort and the Jamaica Info Service for executing the deliverables of the marketing campaign. Many because of the JIS radio division, particularly the studio engineers who went above and past serving to to convey the collection to life,” Miss Wheelan stated.

“Through the manufacturing course of, I needed to work with over 20 individuals, together with actors and music producers. We went by a number of recording periods to excellent the collection earlier than it was positioned within the JIS radio programme, which is aired on all main radio stations within the time allotted for presidency broadcasts,” she notes.

She shares that the target of the collection was to stir an emotional response whereas sensitising listeners to GBV and the bodily and psychological results.

“I don’t need individuals to develop into desensitised to GBV as a result of it’s prevalent in society and it takes many types. As an alternative, I would like them to be aware of GVB in all its types and assist to cease it, by reporting it and being compassionate and useful in the direction of victims. I’ve witnessed GBV round me and I imagine this was a part of the explanation I poured my soul into this venture,” Miss Wheelan says.

The Caribbean College of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) graduate says that engaged on the venture was life-changing and she or he is honoured to have obtained an award for her work.

“I’m pushed by the will to serve and I’m grateful that I can fulfil this sense of objective working on the JIS. I can’t assist however really feel proud that the work I produce there helps to gasoline nationwide growth. I’ve a real love for humanity and I wish to assist individuals really feel and be higher. I’m grateful that I get to do that by creating and pushing constructive messages on the JIS,” she shares.

In the meantime, Miss Wheelan factors out that the ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ marketing campaign is simply one of many some ways the Authorities seeks to tell residents of the assorted programmes and sources accessible to assist them.

“By way of working in authorities, I’ve come to understand that there are lots of avenues the federal government offers to assist residents to develop into higher variations of themselves. I’m simply grateful I had the chance to be part of this,” she says.

“My message to the feminine going by GBV is, you aren’t alone, assist is out there and you’ll have a greater life, there is no such thing as a excuse for abuse and abuse will not be all the time bodily,” Miss Wheelan notes.

She is urging males to hunt counselling after they really feel emotionally overwhelmed and to not draw back from speaking about their feelings.
“I would like extra women and men to take the time to handle their emotional and psychological well being. You’re nearly as good as you are feeling and your feelings do manifest in your phrases and actions,” Miss Wheelan tells JIS Information.

The award-winning journalist says she anticipates engaged on extra GBV initiatives as there’s extra work to be completed to sensitise residents and assist victims.

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