NGO commends government on gender-related laws

Nsanje: Executive Director for Umunthu Foundation, David Odali has commended government for coming up with gender related laws meant to eradicate Gender Based Violence (GVB) in the country.

He made the remarks on Tuesday in Nsanje when the organization in collaboration with two others namely; Human Development Services and Women Voices under NGO Gender Coordination Network held an interface meeting with district stakeholders as the world is observing in 16 Days of Activism.

Odali cited an example of other countries like Kenya where there are no specific laws that address issues of GBV as is the case in the country.

Government has done commendable thing regarding gender related laws. It is really striving to end the vice. It is quite different from other countries in Africa, he pointed out.

The Executive Director said despite having such laws, most Malawians were not aware of the laws, hence the need to conduct awareness meetings on the same.

Nsanje District Social Welfare Officer, Felix Chisale acknowledged the information gap on the part of the communities with regard to gender related laws.

Most people do not know our gender related laws because they have not been sensitized on the same. Therefore, we need to do something about it, he said.

The Country has joined the rest of the world in observing the 16 Days of Activism against gender based which runs from November 25 to December 10, 2018 under the theme: ‘Ending gender based violence at work and in tertiary institutions.’

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA