Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) has called for increased advocacy on Gender Based Violence (GBV) against men and boys in the country.
Public Relations and Projects Officer for MCC, Umtheto Lungu made the remarks during a Gender and Masculinity workshop which was geared at advising and informing men about GBV held at Mponela in Dowa District.
He said it is equally important to have activism on GBV against men and boys because most of them are victims just like women and girls.
For a long time, there has only been GBV activism against women and girls, yet many men and boys also suffer the same.
We thought it is high time we started talking about the violence that males face so that they also have the opportunity to receive the much needed support whenever victimized, he said.
Lungu further appealed to men to always open up whenever they are victimized, arguing that the tendency of them suffering in silence has largely contributed to them being overlooked as GBV victims.
Issues about GBV against men and boys are rarely talked about because the victims tend to suffer in silence all in the name of proving masculinity. We want to break such silence by telling men that it is fine to cry for help so that they fully enjoy their rights whenever victimized, added Lungu.
Apart from breaking the silence about GBV against men and boys, Faith Facilitator and Consultant for MCC, Reverend Fr. Symon Matumbo, emphasized the need for collective efforts to fight GBV.
One of the male participants, Steven Kadaya praised MCC for advising and informing on the need to speak about GBV against men and boys.
I am grateful to MCC for enlightening us males about the dangers of suffering in silence. I was honoured to take part in the workshop, hence, I pledge to share with others in absence the knowledge that I have learnt about GBV against men and boys, he said.
This was the first time for MCC to hold a Gender and Masculinity workshop. The training was funded by Norwegian Church Aid.
Source: MANA Online