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PLAN Certifies 35 Journalists

PLAN Certifies 35 Journalists

Plan International Sierra Leone on Wednesday 10th August, 2016 certified 35 practicing journalists from various media houses after the conclusion of two days  intensive training on child protection and gender sensitive reporting at the institution’s  Country Office on Cantonment Road off Kingharman Road, Freetown.

The topics covered by facilitators for the training included gender and communications for Development, media tools for reporting with a gender lens, working with children and young people in the media, and guideline for reporting by media staff.

The training was facilitated by Plan’s Advocacy and Communications Specialist, Fatou Wurie, Child Protection and Child Rights Advisor, Ramatu Kargbo, and Mariama Zombo respectively.

Mariama Zombo entreated journalists to take child protection and gender reporting seriously as seven million girls around the world get married before they are eighteen years.

 She further revealed that the prevalent rate of children that marry before eighteen years in Sierra Leone stands at 44 %, adding that the death rate of pregnancy and child birth is needlessly high and that women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives.

Madam Zombo defined violence against women to include any act of Gender Based Violence (GBV) that results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual or mental harm, or suffering to women including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

She noted that Communications for Development (C4D) is about changing attitudes and behaviours.

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