Former Nominated senator Hon Isaac Mwaura has called on the media to be in the forefront in shaping the community’s perception on how views person with disability
. This he said should be done through a consistent and concerted effort to publish stories that do not stigmatize persons with disabilities.
“Often, reporting on PwDs has been done as an act of mercy, yet we are equal leaders, scholars, artists and professions in the society,” Mwaura said.
Mwaura said Journalists are the eyes of the people and they should take the power and make the difference in society.
”The media is the eye of the people and it plays a critical role in interlocuting conversations that lead to greater inclusion of persons with disabilities”
Speaking during a media training seminar organised Internews, Isaac Mwaura noted that the number of persons with disability holding leadership positions is still low in the country, because “the notion that a person with disability should not lead is still there.” which he said to not be tolerated at any point.
The seminaor was also graced by Jacky Lidubwi, Internews Project lead of Inclusive Media Project, and NCPWD CEO Harun Hassan.
The training was attended with over 30 journalist from across the country representing media houses ranging from print, online, television and radio
The Inclusive Media is a two-year project that commenced in 2021, after the organisation received funding from the Well Spring Philanthropic Foundation to equip journalists with necessary skills for reporting on matters disability issues, presenting disability issues in a way that promotes the dignity of PwDs as well as amplifying their voices.