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Workshop on Population Stabilisation and the Role of Media

Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (JSK), Jagran Pehel and Jagran Sakhi organized a one day media sensitization workshop in Patna on 17th February 2009 on Population issues. The broad objective of the workshop was to create a forum for discussion around population issues and to sensitise and enhance the skills of journalists to write more effectively on population related issues.

The workshop was inaugurated by Honorable Health Minister, Bihar, Mr. Nand Kishore Yadav, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Director, Jagran Prakashan Ltd, Ms Shailaja Chandra, Executive Director, Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh, Regional Editor, Dainik Jagran Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal, Editors from Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Regional Director, PSI (Population Service International), UNFPA, State Health Society, Bihar, Janani among others. The workshop was also attended and supported by Rashtriya Sahara, Hindustan and other papers. Mr. Sunil Gupta, Director Jagran Prakashan Ltd. in his welcome speech complemented Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (JSK) for their initiative and for understanding that mass media as an effective means to create a positive changes in society. Ms Shailaja Chandra, Executive Director, Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (JSK) stated the importance of this workshop and explained in her introductory speech about the objectives of JSK and its establishment.




Mr. Nand Kishor Yadav, Minister for Health, Government of Bihar highlighted the importance of media and the need of media sensitization in his inaugural speech. He spoke about population scenario of Bihar and briefed the participants about the initiatives that the government is taking in health sector including population stabilization. Dr P.C Samantray, Programme Coordinator, JSK explained the increasing need of unmet needs of contraception. Mr. Shailendra Dixit, Resident Editor, Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal, focused on the unbalanced growth of population as the most serious issue today. He lamented over poor coverage of these issues which occasionally or never made it to the front pages. He stated “Desire for a boy child is also a reason for a skewed population”.

The workshop was facilitated by Smt. Usha Rai, Senior Journalist with group activities like, preparation of a radio talk over declining sex ratio in the country and increasing trend of female foeticide. A newsroom drama with three different stories on population stabilisation, child marriage and the two child policy was enacted by the participants. Ms. Rai stated the importance of the role of media on advocating against Female foeticides and sex selection. Media campaigns on declining sex ratio and discrimination against the girl child if well orchestrated by print and electronic media could bring about positive changes and can make different stakeholders more accountable.

The workshop was conducted and coordinated by Ms. Shalini Shukla, Communication Officer from JSK and Mr. Anand Madhab, Ms. Bulbuli Mukherjee and Ms. Rashmi from Pehel.

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