Empowering Change: Ghana Adapts ILO Toolkit on Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment Reporting

Posted at March 20th 2024 12:00 AM | Updated as of March 20th 2024 12:00 AM


In a two-day workshop held in Accra, Ghana, stakeholders adapted the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Media Toolkit on Reporting Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment for use in Ghana by stakeholders. This transformative event, which took place on the 14th and 15th of March 2024, marked a pivotal moment within the framework of the Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment Phase III (FAIR III). Supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation, FAIR III is dedicated to implementing the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI) Strategy, aimed at fostering fair recruitment practices globally, particularly within Ghana to the Arab States migration corridor.

The genesis of this initiative traces back to the year 2020 when the ILO unveiled a groundbreaking global Media Toolkit tailored for reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment. This comprehensive resource equips journalists with the necessary tools and insights to navigate complex issues surrounding migration effectively. Central to this toolkit is a media-friendly glossary, facilitating clearer communication and fostering informed dialogue among media professionals and the public alike.

Through a collaborative and participatory process involving ILO's social partners, media practitioners, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), selected civil society organizations (CSOs), and academia, the toolkit was contextualized and adapted for use in Ghana. This inclusive approach ensured that the toolkit resonated with the local context, empowering Ghanaian media professionals to address pertinent issues with precision and depth.

Dr. Vanessa Phala, ILO Director of ILO for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Liaison Office for ECOWAS, emphasized the significance of this adaptation, underscoring its role in promoting fair recruitment practices and upholding the rights and dignity of workers. She tasked stakeholders to champion fairness, equity, and justice, leveraging the power of information and communication to amplify the voices of marginalized individuals.

Ms. Magdalena Wüst, Deputy Head of Cooperation of the Embassy of Switzerland to Ghana, Togo, and Benin, reiterated Switzerland's commitment to harnessing the full potential of migration for sustainable development. Emphasizing the need to recognize migrant workers as individuals with rights and dignity, she highlighted their invaluable contributions to society.

Mr. Jonathan Donkor, an award-winning journalist from the Ghanaian Times, hailed the toolkit as a groundbreaking resource for media professionals in Ghana. Reflecting on the workshop's impact, he expressed gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to such a transformative initiative. Armed with newfound knowledge and insights on forced labour and fair recruitment, Jonathan is poised to drive meaningful change through his reporting, amplifying the voices of those often unheard in society.

This adaptation of the ILO Media Toolkit stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in driving positive change. By equipping Ghanaian media professionals with the necessary tools and knowledge, this initiative paves the way for more informed reporting and advocacy, ultimately shaping a future where every individual can realize their full potential, free from exploitation and injustice.