US gives K241m grant to Malawi gender based violence survivors

The United States of America (USA), through its embassy in Lilongwe, has given a $390 000 (K241 million) grant to United Nations (UN) Women Malawi to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girl survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.

Say NO: Malawi women in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign

Say NO: Malawi women in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign

According to a statement made available to Nyasa Times, the grant is expected to empower the survivors through education, skills training and making a GBV referral system in the country operational.

“The economic empowerment of survivors of Gender based Violence project will be implemented in partnership with the Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDs in Malawi (COWLHA) a grassroots organisation based in Lilongwe and active in every district of the country,” reads part of the statement.

According to the statement, the project will be implemented in the districts of Dowa, Ntchisi and Lilongwe for a period of two years.

“Over the life of the partnership, a series of intensive workshops will impart lessons about women’s confidence building, leadership and participation in decision making as well as enhancing women and girl’s economic empowerment to ensure their effective participation in and benefit from development,” further reads the statement.

It is the expectation of the American Embassy that the project would positively contribute to fighting issues of gender based violence, improve the education levels and eliminate corrosive effects on public health.

“Malawian women have demonstrated that when women are empowered even with the smallest of resources, they can make a difference and uplift their families, communities and the country,” the statement states.

The grant has come at a time Malawi has bee commemorating the internationally-observed 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

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I don’t eat blood money! they have stolen from iraq,libya,syria ……..

nachisale
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Men are not victims of domestic violence simply because they (men) at the moment hold more power be it economic, cultural and within political, social and religious spheres including controlling sexual life. Until the time girls and women will be equal and WILL NOT BE EXPECTED to serve men in the home and outside, that is when we will be truly equal. It is bigoted men who still want things to remain the way they have been. They moan and complain about women empowerment. Get over this stupidity and backwardness. Our culture is primitive and backward and as a result… Read more »
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Kodi nayo USA kusamva bwanji!!! The president said clearly that the time for their aid is over (Time for donor support is over). Walandirayo akabweze mnsanga!!

maganizo
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patricia anenepa tsopano

wawa
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THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH A DEFINITION OF THE WORD “GENDER” IS GENDER THE SAME AS WOMEN? WHY ONLY WOMEN? WE HAVE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN MEN ARE ALSO VICTIMS OF GENDER VIOLENCE. THIS IS NOT FAIR.. ANYWAY THE WORD IS NOT FAIR.

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You are right. Even the new Divorce Act victimises men because an unfaithful abusive women can grab all your hard earned property on divorce. Even when “all your children” are not yours, the woman can get away with it. This form of victimisation of men has led to some shooting themselves to death recently.

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