WORLEC partners Engender to combat GBV in Blantyre

Blantyre: Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WORLEC) and Engender Health Malawi have teamed up to combat gender based violence (GBV) in Blantyre district in a new project called ‘Essential GBV Prevention and Services.’

The 18-month project will be implemented in two Traditional Authorities of Makata and Chigaru with the aim of reducing GBV cases and increasing people’s participation in addressing the challenges that come as a result of the social ill.

Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a Blantyre district executive committee (DEC) meeting on Thursday, Programs Manager for WORLEC, Gift Mauluka said the organization would like to establish community governance structures which would ensure that GBV cases were reduced in the communities.

We will be working with paralegals placed within the communities, traditional and religious leaders, the justice delivery system and local leaders to see to it that there is a link between a victimized woman and institutions providing redress, said Mauluka.

He added that the project would also ensure that one stop centres were strengthened and that the judiciary would be conducting circuit or camp courts within the communities so that people know where to report GBV cases and its implications.

Mauluka, however, said WORLEC acknowledges the efforts by government and other organizations in as far as fighting GBV was concerned, noting the organization was only complementing such efforts.

In this project, we are talking about strengthening collaboration so that together we can effectively combat GBV. We are quite aware that in unity there is strength that’s why we have partnered with Engender Health who are providing finances while WORLEC brings on board expertise, he added.

Commenting on the development, Senior Assistant Social Welfare Officer for Blantyre, Judith Zulu said the introduction of the project was timely considering that the social welfare sector was also implementing similar activities in the district, noting that curbing GBV required concerted efforts.

The joint project has a total budget line of K83 million from Engender Health Malawi with support from the United States Government and it will run from July 2018 to December, 2019.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA