Some selected journalists, civil society organizations (CSOs), and governmental institutions from the East Gonja Municipality in the Savannah Region have received training on modern day slavery and its impact on society.
The training was to equip participants with relevant information on modern day slavery and how to address the growing canker.
Speaking at a two-day workshop organized by ActionAid Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, Programme Officer of ActionAid Northern Region Alia Mumuni called on journalists to lead the fight against modern slavery through education and sensitisation.
“We all have a role to play to curb the issues of modern day slavery especially among women and children and as media you can best do this using your big platforms.”
She added that the media remain essential in the fight against modern slavery in the communities.
A facilitator and Northern Regional Coordinator for DOVVSU, Holortu Emmanuel, revealed that over 71 percent of cases of modern day slavery involved women and children.
He is optimistic the media and other stakeholders can collaborate to change the narrative.
“We need to adopt a behaviour change strategy and the use of the legal framework to cause change in the society. This I think is a way to go.”
Participants were taken through the Human Trafficking Act, history of slavery and the role of citizens, CSOs, media and public institutions in combating modern day slavery.
Imoro Alhassan, a morning show host with Kanyiti FM in Salaga, on behalf of the participants, applauded the organizers for the education and assured the media will provide platforms for more community sensitization.
The project was facilitated by ActionAid Ghana with funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
By Christopher Amoako|3news.com|Ghana