Data hub to help fight GBV in Malawi

National Statistical Office (NSO) launched a high-value Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) observatory hub which will beef up efforts aimed at reducing gender based violence, more especially towards women.

The hub, launched in Zomba, will serve as a data repository for all SGBV related data to monitor trends in sexual reproductive health and patterns of GBV in the initial targeted six districts, namely; Nsanje, Machinga, Dowa, Ntchisi, Nkhatabay and Mzimba.

Commissioner Lizzie Chikoti

High Court Judge, Joseph Chigona, who was the guest of honour at the launch, welcomed the initiative, saying it will enable key sectors to act against GBV based on relevant data.

“The need to have well segregated data in the fight against GBV cannot be over emphasized to institutions such as police, social welfare, health, judiciary and the nation as a whole,” Justice Chigona said.

NSO Commissioner, Lizzie Chikoti, urged all players in the gender mainstream to fully utilize the official SGBV data that the observatory hub will be disseminating.

According to Chikoti, through the hub, NSO is expected to capacitate, among other stakeholders, the line ministries, district level staff and NGOs on data management and analysis, which will enable them carry out effective interventions.

Justice Joseph Chigona 

NSO is also working with community, district and national structures on quality data generation to support local councils and policy makers in evidence-based programming.

The SGBV observatory hub initiative is being implemented with financial support from European Union, Irish Aid, UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA.

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