GENET revamps gender technical working group in Dowa

Lilongwe. One of the country’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs) known as Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) has revamped gender technical working groups in Dowa District, as one way of promoting gender equality and combating Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the district.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) GENET Programs Officer, Twambilile Kayuni said her organization decided to revamp the gender technical working groups in the district after noticing that they were not as functional as they were supposed to be.

As GENET, we observed that the gender technical working groups that help in fighting against SGBV have been dormant in Dowa district for two years now due to lack of financial muscle, for this reason we thought it wise to revamp them as we are already implementing our projects in the district, said Kayuni.

She said the gender technical working groups are key working groups which every district is supposed to have in older to achieve gender equality and combat SGBV.

However, she said due to the dormancy of the Dowa district council committees the working groups were just as good as dead, as a result cases of gender based violence had escalated.

Kayuni added that her organization is currently working with other thirty NGOs including Plan Malawi, World Vision, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and government departments such as Education and Social Welfare in implementing the gender technical working groups.

From September, 2018, GENET and its partners will be conducting monitoring and facilitation visits to make sure that gender technical working groups are working effectively in all designated areas in Dowa District, according to Kayuni.

The programs officer is optimistic that the working groups being implemented will help promote gender equality and curb SGBV in the district.

With the implementation of the gender technical working groups in Dowa, as an organization we are hoping that gender equality will be achieved and Sexual Gender Based Violence will be tracked down, she noted.

In his remarks, Dowa District Commissioner, Alex Mdooko said GENET has revamped the gender technical working groups at the right time noting that there was no proper coordination among the district committees in such a way that it was difficult to handle cases of gender based violence and child marriage at district level.

GENET is implementing its projects in Dowa district with funding from COMIC Relief in partnership with OXFAM Malawi.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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