IOM Launches Safe Journey Road Show

Posted: 
03/20/06

IOM has launched a travelling roadshow as
part of its "Safe Journey" multi-media information campaign, aimed
at reducing risks for potential migrants and informing citizens on
HIV prevention and the dangers of irregular migration.

The nationwide "Safe Journey" campaign uses
radio, print, billboards and bumper stickers to convey safe
migration messages. It is designed to give people the information
they need to make informed decisions about whether or not to
migrate.

The two-month roadshow will take the message
from the capital to the borders via the main transit routes. It
will start in Harare and visit Bulawayo, the border towns and major
growth points along the way, disseminating the information at a
grass roots level.

Using drama, dance, music, three 30-minute
films, interactive discussions and games for prizes such as
t-shirts, cassettes and posters, the roadshow will reinforce the
messages that in foreign countries, undocumented migrants may
encounter little or no access to health care, the risk of HIV
infection and will enjoy few legal rights.

To date the "Safe Journey" campaign has
produced:

  • A CD featuring Zimbabwe's most popular
    artists including Oliver Mutukudzi, Pastor G, Plaxedes, Dudu and
    Afrika Revenge.
  • Radio features using migrants' testimonies
    and interviews with artistes, using audience participation to
    discuss the issues of migration, human trafficking and HIV.
  • Colourful posters printed in Shona, Ndebele,
    and English, displayed on billboards across the country
  • Brochures and a ‘Passport to Safe
    Migration' – a booklet with complete information for people
    on legal and irregular migration
  • Bumper stickers designed to take the message
    to the transit routes across Zimbabwe
  • A website: "paragraph-link-underlined" href=
    "http://www.safemigrationzimbabwe.com/" target="_blank" title=
    "">http://www.safemigrationzimbabwe.com/ aimed at students and
    young professionals

The safe journey roadshow has recruited some
of Zimbabwean best-known actors including Thembekile Moyo, Braveman
Makaza, Themba Moyo, Killen Musaendaeko and John Gashoto.

For further information please contact:

Nicola Simmonds

IOM Harare Mobile

Tel: +263 (0) 91440076

Email: "mailto:nsimmonds@iom.co.zw" target="_blank" title=
"">nsimmonds@iom.co.zw