The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare has called on journalists in the country to report on the plight of the elderly and people with disabilities as one way of dealing with discriminations the two groups are facing in the country.
This was said by the minister responsible Jean Kalirani at a conference for people with disability and the elderly on Tuesday in the capital, Lilongwe.
Kalirani said journalists should report on cultural beliefs which impact the elderly and people with disability in some areas in order to address the challenges.
“It is very important that there is a strong relation between the media and people with disability as well as the elderly. This is going to help remove misconceptions that disabled people face,” the minister said.
Kalirani added that the conference is building on what the media started to make sure that persons with disability have rights just like any person in the country.
She promised that the ministry will make sure that people with disability should not be discriminated in all spheres of life.
Kalirani therefore asked the general public to work together with the ministry in ensuring that the dreams that the ministry has should be realised.