Mchinji journalists drilled on child marriage reporting

Journalists Association Against Aids (JournAids) in collaboration with Community Initiative for Social Empowerment (Cise ) on Monday trained Mchinji-based  journalists on child marriage reporting.

The training also attracted journalists from Radio Breeze FM from Chipata District in Zambia.

JournAids programmes manager Dingani Mithi said Enhancing Accountability in Tackling Early and Forced Marriages in Vulnerable Communities project seeks to increase accountability on the part of duty-bearers in the district.

Journalists during recess during the training

“We targeted Mchinji because statistics show that it is one of the districts with a high prevalence rate in child marriages,” he said.

He further said the training targeted journalists because they have power in shaping public opinion as well as policy.

Mchinji District Council director of planning and development Noel Dakamau commended JournAids and Cice for the training.

Dakamau encouraged the journalists to investigate issues of child and forced marriages.

JournAids in partnership with Cise is implementing a one year project funded by Grand Challenges Canada in the district.

Malawi is on position 42 in the world and second among 15 Southern Africa Development Community member-states in early marriages.

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