By Elias Hakizimana
Local artists and media practitioners were urged to take care of children’s rights during their daily works.
The call was made by the Umbrella of Human Rights Organizations in Rwanda (CLADHO) in the message given to local artists and journalists through a-one day workshop held in Kigali on March 8, 2018.
This initiative is financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through Save the Children.
“You must report on children issues but without compromising the rights of children,” said Me Benoit Kaboyi.
They were recommended to put the dignity of children at the forefront of their daily activities as the child has the own private life and confidentiality.
Me. advised them to not use photos of children in circumstances that the child or his/her family get in troubles.
Journalists also were advised on interviewing children by making questions that do not engage humiliation to the children.
“Children are sensitive on any kind of discrimination, you have to be seriously careful in the interview,” Kaboyi added.
Speaking during the workshop, Save the Children’s Marcel Sibomana in charge of children’s rights programmes said tha the role of the media and artists is a big asset in protecting children’s rights.
“We need to see the role of journalists and artists through their daily reports and artworks as sometimes media reports humiliate children’s rights,” said Sibomana.
Sibomana further recommended journalists and artists to be child rights champions in promoting their rights.
Jean Leonard Sekanyange, CLADHO Chairperson and Civil Society Organizations Spokes person said that the majority of the journalists try their best to respect the privacy of children in their reports but pointed on some others who go beyond that ethic.
Sekanyange also warned artists who use artworks (songs, images) that can lure children into bad behaviours.
We all must protect human rights especially children’s rights, so, let us be the watchdogs and ambassadors of children’s rights by publishing good and positive articles on children without involving stigma in their future life,” Sekanyange noted.
The social media use was said to be among the threats that still hampering the move as they use to be negative while presenting children through images.