‘Battered’ Minister Kaliati and Plan Country Director Kasonga take GBV awareness to hi-traffic Crossroads Roundabout

Motorists cruising past Crossroads Roundabout in Lilongwe on Thursday afternoon had no choice, but sympathize with the “battered and disfigured” Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, and Plan International Malawi Country Director, Phoebe Kasoga, in a typical case of gender based violence (GBV).

With their cheeks drenched in clotted blood, Kaliati and Kasoga demonstrated to the motorists, how violence has disfigured “our otherwise very beautiful women.”

Kaliati hoisting her placard at Crossroads Roundabout in Lilongwe–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

For about 30 minutes, the minister and the Country Director for Plan International Malawi, who were accompanied by equally “battered and disfigured men and women” stood around the roundabout with  placards in hand to send the message to the world on the need to end the vice.

Mkazi wako, sikapolo koma mnzako!” read the placard, which Kaliati hoisted.

Kasoga says the world does not need to wait for another 30 years to end violence–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

On the other hand, Kasoga’s placard read, “We don’t need to wait for another 30 years: End Violence Now!”

Speaking in an interview afterwards, Kaliati they wanted to give motorists an opportunity to get the message while in the comfort of their vehicles.

She said the government is aware that not all motorists have time to attend public awareness meetings; hence, there was a need for such a strategy to ensure that they, too, can get the message.

“Some motorists don’t have time to listen to the radio or read a newspaper. So, through this demonstration, we have helped them appreciate what GBV is all about and the need to collaborate to end the vice,” said Kaliati.

On her part, Kasoga said her organization is collaborating with the Malawi Government and other stakeholders in raising awareness on GBV in all the corners of the country.

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Ruben Kacheche
Ruben Kacheche
8 months ago

The people in auothority are trying hard but others take this as same old story. we need to train our children at the early stage about evils about GBV. Please also add men as equal partners in fighting GBV….. one male Minister to join this. BRAVO Kaliati… mwaiponyera kwakuya

Jane mgeni
Jane mgeni
8 months ago

Very good. But lately it’s women victimising men. Make the messages gender insensitive. Gender violence is bad in any form regardless of who perpetrate it.

Akanatani bauleni
Akanatani bauleni
8 months ago
Reply to  Jane mgeni

That’s very good observation; until the focus is directed on men being victims then GBV will be eradicated

Marx
Marx
8 months ago
Reply to  Jane mgeni

Kaliyati and Phoebe were “accompanied by equally disfigured men and women” so maybe the message was complete ndithu

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