Journalists trained on child protection laws
Maputo, May 2009 – More than 20 journalists from the southern provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane gathered in Maputo City last month to participate in a capacity building seminar on the Children’s Act, which was adopted last year in Mozambique.
The event was the third in a series of seminars on the new child legislation organised for members of the Child-Friendly Journalists Network, coordinated by MISA with support from UNICEF. The previous two seminars were held at the end of 2008 in Chimoio, for journalists from the central region, and Nampula, for journalists from the northern region.
The purpose of the seminars, which are facilitated by jurists, academics, magistrates and communication specialists, is to provide information and resources on the current legal framework for the protection and promotion of children’s rights in the country.
“With this initiative, it is expected that media professionals throughout the country will be better able to advocate for the implementation of the Children’s Act and for the full realisation of children’s rights,” said UNICEF representative Leila Pakkala.
These seminars are part of a series of interventions coordinated by the Government of Mozambique, in collaboration with various partners, to disseminate the recently promulgated laws, and make key actors aware of the need to implement them.
“I’ve come out of this seminar with very strong knowledge about legal matters related to children. Previously I had no knowledge that these laws existed,” said Natália Daniel, Head of programming in a community radio in Inhambane Province.
“There’s no doubt that what I have learnt here will have a positive impact on the awareness work we undertake with the communities in Homoíne,” she added.
The Child-Friendly Media Network was created in 2007 as part of a partnership between MISA and UNICEF. The network aims to connect and build synergies among journalists and communicators from all over the country who have a particular interest in matters concerning children.
The aim of the network is to promote a quantitative and qualitative improvement in the news items, articles and reporting on children, and to encourage a permanent public debate on children, so that children’s rights are always placed at the centre of the national development agenda.