MEDIA is a powerful tool in advocating and informing people, media workers told during workshop on violence against women.
As such, media participants in the workshop were told to ensure accuracy in advocating and to inform the public about the laws of the Family Protection Act.
The workshop was organised recently to equip media personnel with the new Family Protection Act and strategies needed to report and advocate on the status of the Act.
Media participants were informed of one of the law’s focus which was addressing the elimination of violence against women and girls.
The Family Protection Act was passed in parliament in October last year.
It was an attempt to reduce violence against women by increasing penalties against perpetrators and provides benefits for women involved.
The Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs were the co-sponsors of the training.
They will continue to play a leading role in the coordination of the processes for administering the implementation of the Act.
“It is important for us NGOs and government ministries to work together with the media to inform the public about the details of the law,” the workshop highlighted.
By TRIXIE CARTER