Ligue Collective and Human Rights Association in Rwanda (CLADHO), a Civil Society Organization has urged artists and media practitioners to support the protection of child rights in the country.
CLADHO called on the two entities to vocal in advocacy that protects children from rights-abuse today during a workshop that took place in Kigali.
The project is funded by Sweden International Development Agency (SIDA) through the sub-agreement between CLADHO and Save the children.
On another hand journalists that do reporting and broadcasting and in print-news were urged to have extensive discussion with children to know their vulnerabilities.
“Rwanda has advanced in enacting laws that protect children and is one of the leading countries. This is why we believe that media and artists should always be sensitized on the laws. But there are still challenges where children face starvation and stunting growth, others fail to complete school. There are children that are abused and others that commit crimes,” said Me Benoit Kaboyi.
Jean Leonard Sekanyange, CLADHO Chairperson, and Civil Society Organizations Spokesperson said that they have had several meetings to discuss with partners including the media and artists to remind them on the need to sensitize populations on child rights protection.
“Children privacy should be protected because when you report with their photos in a news story then some feel despised. We like people should protect the children so that they are not offended.”
He noted that especially girls or boys that are victims of rape should not be shown in any photo to avoid humiliation.
“This is why we are telling the musicians to also be careful of making verbal or filmed humiliations of children.”
Marcel Sibomana, Save the Children in charge of child promotion and child rights, said that children are still facing abuses including lack of parental care, beatings, failed from attending school.
“Some social media reports especially are not done with professionalism and need editing or montage to avoid abusing child rights. This is why we need media to make immediate interventions in this case,” he said.