CEDEP, CHRR applaud media for opening up space on LGBTIs

Blantyre,. Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has commended the media in the country for reporting objectively on issues about sexual minority rights in the country.

CEDEP’s Programme Manager, Rodney Chalera told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday that currently there is notable reduction of stigma and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and the intersex (LGBTI) due to the positive media advocacy approach.

In the recent years, we have seen great improvement in raising awareness on the services that are available for the LGBTI community, particularly on sexual health services, he explained.

Chalera disclosed that there were plans to reach out to the media owners and managers who remain crucial in deciding the content in their outlets.

We believe that a lot of progress is likely going to be made once we engage the media executives to understand the importance of inclusive human rights advocacy, he observed.

CHRR Programmes Officer, Mike Kaiyatsa asked the Media to capitalize on the already opened up space to generate more results in the fight for the LGBTI’s rights.

There is a lot of progress that has been made so far whereby more efforts can be based on to generate more positive results, he stated.

Kaiyatsa said the two organizations were planning to engage community radio stations as one way of localizing the messages relating to the LGBTI community, their struggles and success.

Secretary General for the Media task force on Minority Rights, DalitsoChimwala attributed the positive results in the fight for minority rights to team work, noting that the Media has managed to open up the discourse on minority rights since the formulation of a taskforce on the same which came into being in 2013.

By formulating a network on minority rights, the Media has managed to exert concentrated effort on the issues hence the notable results, he added.

Currently, the media network on Minority Rights strategic plan has been revised to another five-year rich document which is meant to guide the media advocacy on the agenda with support from CEDEP and CHRR.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA