From 31st May to June 1st, 5 radio broadcasters (Zodiak, Joy FM and Islam Radio) and 1 journalist (The Nation) attended a training to gain the knowledge and skills needed to deliver effective reporting and media programming on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) issues for the Blantyre District.
The SRHR of WLHIV continues to be violated due to the lack of awareness, commitment and action in upholding these rights amongst duty bearers at all levels. To help address these challenges, Participatory Radio Campaigns (PRC) will be used to provide knowledge, promote dialogue and begin mobilizing people around SRHR issues. Training media personnel in Blantyre on SRHR and advocacy represents a critical first step in engaging the media in:
- Familiarizing the public with the objectives and activities under the We Have Rights Too! Project
- Raising awareness on key SRHR issues, SRHR violations occurring in communities, systems for redress and relevant laws intended to protect women from SRHR violations
- Providing a public space, on air, for dialogue on SRHR issues so that communities may begin discussing potential solutions to factors driving SRHR violations.
- All of the above factors will be central towards initiating social mobilization and advocacy on SRHR among communities as they learn about and are able to discuss SRHR issues impacting their lives.
The training was held at the offices for the Malawi Network of AIDS Service Organisations. WOFAD would also like to thank Richard Muluzi from the Women’s Legal Resource Centre for assisting in the training.