UNESCO, Italia launch media campaign on migration issues
UNESCO, in collaboration with the Italian Agency for Development Co-operation (AICS), launched on 13 July 2019 in Dakar a project on migration issues. Covering eight countries (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal), the 3-million EUR project aims to better inform young people in West and Central Africa about the opportunities and challenges of international migration. The project will focus on capacity-building activities for young journalists and media representatives with a view to producing reliable information and creating a more balanced coverage of migration issues. “This project aims to inform young girls and boys not only about the dangers of migration, but also about the opportunities available to them in their home countries, in the broader region as well as in Europe”, explained Mr Dimitri Sanga, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for West Africa. Moreover, the project will provide a space for dialogue between African and European journalists and support African artists who intend to inform young people about migration challenges and local opportunities. The project also aims to promote greater safety for journalists and a more gender-balanced approach by giving a stronger voice to migrant women. Women and young people between 15-24 years of age represent 47.1% and 16% of migrants respectively. More than 80% of African migration takes place within the African continent, involving nearly 19 million people, including 6.7 million in West Africa and 3.5 million in Central Africa.