Journalists from across the country were on Wednesday 4th July 2018 sensitised on gender-related laws and electoral gender based violence in the country.
Speaking during the opening of the ceremony; Director of Administration in the Ministry, MacCullum Sibande said that the media has an important role to play in strengthening social and economic development of the country. Among the roles; the media reports on current events, interpret the news, mobilise citizens for various causes and also contributes to national identity.
“The media is a catalyst for the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment. Let me therefore emphasize here that; one of your roles in this capacity is to promote gender equality and women empowerment at all the levels and in all spheres of life through education, information and communication to the public on key issues and interventions that affect Malawian women, girls, men and boys,” he said.
The journalists were trained on the Gender Equality Act, Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act, Trafficking in Persons Act; Deceased Estates (Wills, Inheritance and Protection) Act, Child Care Justice and Protection Act; and the National Gender Policy.
One of the participants to the workshop Meclina Chirwa said that the workshop was an eye opener as it has taught journalists about the laws and how they can be critical I their dissemination.
“I have learnt a lot from this workshop. I have learnt what the laws say and how as a media practitioner I can help people in the country to be aware of them and at the same time fight gender based violence. I will definitely utilize the knowledge and skills I have learnt today,” she said.
The journalists were also further taught more about electoral gender based violence and the draft regulations and guidelines of the laws.