M-CODe empowers Eastern region journalists in anti-open defecation campaign

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M-CODe empowers Eastern region journalists in anti-open defecation campaign: Ghana News

The Media Coalition Against (M-CODe) is set to organize a three-day empowerment forum for journalists in the from Wednesday, August 30th, to Friday, September 1st.

This initiative aims to bolster reportage against as part of the broader “M-CODe 2023 Anti-Open Defecation Nationwide Advocacy” activities, supported by .

Mr. Francis Ameyibor, M-CODe National Convenor, highlighted the significance of the forum, emphasizing the involvement of various stakeholders such as the Regional Coordinating Council, Environmental Health Department, , , and more.

The participation of these stakeholders, alongside journalists, aims to create a comprehensive approach to combat open defecation.

The empowerment of journalists is deemed crucial by M-CODe, recognizing their role as critical partners in rejuvenating public awareness campaigns to achieve the global target of eliminating open defecation by 2030. Mr. Ameyibor underscored the importance of (SDGs) Goal 6, stressing the adverse effects of open defecation on dignity, health, and well-being, particularly for girls and women.

Moreover, the forum will focus on engaging strategic stakeholders, including Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies, the , and the Ministry of Sanitation, among others, to sustain the campaign towards creating an open defecation-free society.

The M-CODe 2023 Anti-OD Nationwide Advocacy also targets various sectors, including religious and traditional leaders, media personnel, celebrities, politicians, , and industry players, to rally support for the cause.

M-CODe reiterated its call on the corporate world to contribute to national efforts to end open defecation by investing in the construction, maintenance, and use of latrines and other essential services.

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