13 December 2018

Malawi: Tovwirane NGO Fights Gender Based Violence

Mzimba — Pic by Moses Nyirenda

Tovwirane Organisation of Mzimba says it is committed to fight against gender based violence (GBV) in T/As Chindi and Kampingo Sibande of Mzimba.

Project officer for essential GBV services and prevention project, George Chaipa Lungu made the remarks at Euthini trading centre during a community awareness on how to prevent and report GBVS.

Lungu said Tovwirane will work tirelessly in T/A Chindi and T/A Kampingo Sibande which have registered the highest number of GBVs in the district.

He cited property grabbing, forced marriages and sexual abuse as some of the violence women in the areas are exposed to.

"Gender based violence is rampant in the district especially in T/A Kampingo Sibande and T/A Chindi as such our Organisation organized a civic awareness on GBV.

The messages which we are giving out include how to prevent GVB, and where to report if it occurs," Lungu said.

He added that migration to South Africa and high illiteracy level among women in the district is the major contributing factor to some of the violences.

Mzimba district gender officer, Japheth Chirwa, appreciated the support from Tovwirane and

other NGOs fighting GBV.

However, he expressed worry over cultural practices which portray women as inferiors and do not engage them in decision making.

"Some cultural practices in the district do not allow women to assume leadership positions which makes women to be side-lined and have no say in the affairs which affect their day-to-day lives," said Chirwa.

Chirwa also bemoaned the tendency of some NGOs which do not come to district council office to give an update of the project that they want to carry out in the district.

Besides fighting GBV, Tovwirane has constructed 13 schools in the district five of which are community day secondary schools while eight are primary schools to promote girl child education.

Tovwirane is fighting GBV with total funding of USD188 from the US government through the office of gender health in Lilongwe.

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