People in Balaka urged to unite in the fight against GBV

Balaka, District Social Welfare Officer for Balaka, Nickson Chawinga, has urged people in the district to cultivate unity of purpose, saying it was vital in fighting gender based violence (GBV).

Chawinga gave the urge Thursday during activities to mark the commemoration of 16 Days of Activism against GBV at Sawali Trading Centre in the district which were organised by United Purpose.

If we can instill the spirit of working together among communities, the malpractice can easily be wiped out of our society since everyone would be in the fore front in amicably resolving concerns that arise in our respective areas, Chawinga said.

He added that fighting GBV is a of fostering development in the society considering that people who have peace of mind could positively contribute to development taking place in their areas.

Development could be retarded in the communities if we tolerate gender based violence. Let us report these cases to relevant authorities like the police, in order to deal with perpetrators, advised Chawinga.

The DSWO, however, applauded United Purpose and other non governmental organizations like Youth Net and Counseling and Women Legal Resource Centre for supporting the event and implementing various interventions aimed at fighting GBV.

Chawinga also commended Traditional Authority Sawali for working tirelessly towards ending child marriages which was one form of GBV.

As Government, we cannot manage to accomplish our goals and objectives without your support. Let us maintain our collaborative effort by moving in one direction to develop the nation, Chawinga stressed.

In his remarks, United Purpose Gender and Cross- Cutting issues Coordinator, Lovemore Chonde said raising awareness among communities on the consequences of GBV was a key factor to achieving gender equality.

Gender equality can only be promoted if we have eliminated GBV. So, engaging communities and other partners in this commemoration would help to have a common understanding of the malpractice, hence the need for people to know where they can go to access justice, said Chonde.

Balaka District held the commemoration under the theme: ‘Leave no one behind: end violence now.’

Malawi continues to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against GBV with a number of activities lined up throughout the country to raise awareness on the dangers of the vice. The days are commemorated from November 25 to December 10 annually.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA