The Ghana Journalists Association is urging journalists and media practitioners to provide more air space for child marriages and other child abuse related stories.

Speaking to participants at a joint World Vision and GJA seminar for media practitioners on ending child marriages and child abuses, the Volta Regional chairman of the association andastute newsman for Ghana News Agency, Mr Anthony Bells Kafui Kanyi pleaded with the participants to acknowledge the fact that, they represent the voice of the vulnerable in the society of which children are inevitable component.

"Children are vulnerable and need voice.It is our duty to bring their issues to the fore for duty bearers to act" He pleaded

The program took place in Sunyani from Tuesday Dec 11 to Thursday Dec 13.

He however noted for a story to make an impact, it requires conscious effort on the part of the journalist to travel beyond the secondary source to unearth the real portrait of the incident.

"In recent times, a story can make an impact when the focus is shifted from soft news to advocacy. This can be achieved when we widen the scope from the usual 'he said...she said' to touching grounds with the affected persons, family and the community to tell the story themselves. From here we can involve the duty bearers to act on them" He entreated.

Mr Kafui however admonished all to watch out for some sudden changes in children to identify those who are troubled.

"Watch out for signs of abused- mysterious deaths of children, harm, clothing, performance in school, healthcare for investigation" he hinted.

This is the third year the partnership between World Vision and GJA is running.

This partnership is geared towards empowering journalists adequately in their reportage about child abuses especially child marriages.

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