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RBA journalist wins Labour Award

Published on: 10-10-2014

Remy Maurice Ufitinema an editor with the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency has emerged winner of an award in recognition of a story on labour questions in Rwanda.

The competition was launched early this year as part of a project which saw Rwandan journalists trained on labour rights.

Out of the stories, 5 were shortlisted all of which could have made emerged winner, according to the judges.

The shortlisted stories covered various topics including, the long working hours for public transport drivers, child labour and the dismissal of teachers.

The winner, Ufitinema, wrote about the maternity law which reduced the full-pay leave for mothers.

“I’m very thrilled to have won the award. I am also happy that I participated in the training on how to use international labour standards in reporting. Now, my stories on labour issues will be much better and as an editor I’m in position to share my skills,” Ufitinema said.

By highlighting the relevance of international labour standards adopted and supervised by the UN agency dealing with labour issues, the International Labour Organization, the training allowed journalists to handle labour issues in an effective way, broadening their news agendas, improving their reporting and analysis and its relevance to readers, viewers and listeners.

“The prize is an opportunity to spread information on international labour standards in the country and will give the author of the best story mainstreaming them a grant to attend an international event for the media at the biggest UN campus, in Turin, Italy” said Maura Miraglio, Programme Officer at the International Training Centre of the ILO.

High-level judges for the award were drafted from the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Institute for Legal Practice and Development (ILPD), the Media High Council (MHC), the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) and the Rwanda Journalists Association.
The Rwanda Journalists Association, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the ILO, facilitated the three editions of the training which involved more than 50 journalists.

The overall objective of the training was to equip media professionals with the knowledge and competencies to use international labour standards, and the work of the international bodies that supervise their application, in their labour and social reporting.

The training and award are part of the Project “Awareness raising and capacity building on human rights in Rwanda, with an emphasis on labour rights” (FED/2013/315367), which is co-funded by the European Union.

The views expressed in this press release can in no way be taken to reflect the official position of the European Union.

October 10, 2014

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