By Kenson McCloud
Plan International Malawi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Misa Malawi aimed at awarding journalists who promote women and child rights.
The inaugural presentation of the awards are slated for this weekend when MISA Malawi will hold its annual gala, which will see nine winners in print, electronic and online media walking away with Five Hundred Thousand Kwacha each.
Figure 1: Katsoga and Ndanga showcasing the MoU after signing
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Plan International Malawi Country Director Phoebe Katsoga said, the media are an essential stakeholder in amplifying voices of children and women.
"by signing up partinership with MISSA Malawi it only gives us an opportunity to further advance the work we do to reach out to children," said Katsoga.
However, Katsoga has challenged the media to be professional when reporting on victims of various forms of abuse by taking a survivor centered approach.
She then commended the nation for setting up vibrant laws on the rights of children and women but called for a better implementation.
In her remarks, Misa-Malawi Chairperson Tereza Ndanga said the awards will help recognize journalists doing tremendous work of empowering women and children rights.
Ndanga futher said the move will motivate more journalists to specialize in child rights and women reporting.