The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) have hailed business and economics journalists in Malawi for spearheading transformation on child labour issues in various private and public sectors.
This follows a media orientation in Blantyre, this week, which was organised by ILO to equip journalists with news skills of reporting on labour-related issues and conventions within the confines of the UN organisation.
Ecam deputy president Sean Longwe said child labour issues should be understood and the media can play an important role if they are equipped with modern knowledge and expertise on how to report on such matters in their different media houses.
“As an employers’ organisation we understand that any business values partnerships with the media to make their services or goods known to the public, as such it is very crucial for the media to tackle all the issues in the world of work,” he said.
Longwe added that while journalists have to be trained within the confines of the world of work, employers should also employ sustainable practices that promote business principles.
“Research suggests that including women in top management boosts the performances of businesses and job creation. In light of this the role of women in business governance structures is key,” he said.
Longwe further said the importance of operating in a conducive environment cannot be exaggerated as it leads to decent job creation as well as the growth of business.
“That said the world of work requires an enabling environment if we are to realise one of the aspirations in the African Union 2063 agenda, which is a Prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and Sustainable Development,” he said.