First Lady commits to champion fight against Gender Based Violence

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has vowed to continue championing and supporting government in combating Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country.

First Lady honouring head of Kochilira for outstanding role
First Lady signing a visitors book at Kamwendo Police Station

Madam Mutharika who is Ambassador for OXFAM’s ‘Ending of violence against women and girls’ (EVAWG) campaign says she is always concerned with various forms of violence and abuse targeted at women and girls.

She made the sentiments on Thursday at Kochilira Community Secondary School ground in Mchinji when she presided over the launch of EVAWG campaign.

The First Lady called on women and girls who are victims of gender based violence (GBV) to report their cases to relevant authorities including community leaders and service providers for remedial action.

“As a woman, I am concerned when my fellow women are victimized and suffer in silence. Some even die at the hand of abusers. I encourage you to seek help and speak out before it’s too late. It is your right to do so. Government has laws to protect you and punish all perpetrators,” she said.

The First Lady encouraged girls to complete their education, saying cases of GBV could be reduced if girls are educated.

“Through Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust, we have completed constructing girl’s hostels at Sopa Community Secondary School in Mchinji and other districts to ensure that girls are protected and complete their educations without challenges,” she said.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Esmie Kainja said government and other partners such as OXFAM, Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) and Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO) have intensified awareness messages on violence against women and girls through the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence which start from November 26 to December 10, every year.

“When girls and women are abused and violated, development in the country is affected. I therefore commend organisations that are pioneering by-laws that protect women and spreading awareness messages aimed at protecting women and girls,” she said.

OXFAM Deputy Country Director, Lingalireni Mihowa said EVAWG campaign championed by the organization, which started in November 2017, is working with government in ending violence against women and girls.

“In the second year of the campaign, we call on organisations and development partners to channel more resources towards assisting service providers such as hospitals (One stop centre), police victim support units, courts and social welfare office.  At OXFAM we will work with these institutions to fight gender based violence,” she said.

Mihowa commended the First Lady for her efforts in contributing towards ending violence against women and girls through her messages in the media and bill boards.

Before the official launch at Kochilira, the First Lady toured the Victim Support Unit at Kamwendo Police post to appreciate how the post deals with cases of abuse.

During the visit to the Police Post, Madam Mutharika pledged to donate food; a computer, to help in collecting information from the victims and beddings to assist victims who travel long distances to the Police Post.

National Victim Support Unit Coordinator in the Malawi Police Service, Patricia Njawili disclosed that Mchinji Police recorded 339 cases of GBV while Kamwendo Police post recorded 54 GBV cases from January to November, 2018.

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Domasi
Domasi
1 year ago

You are an accomplice to GBV, you have not condemned the name calling ( verbal abuse) by DPP Cadets, you have remained silent,

Namaseko
Namaseko
1 year ago

Be exemplary Madam, stop Tthe DPP cadets kutukwana azimaiyi first, don’t just sit at the Sanjay and smile when we are being called names

Pleeeease!
Pleeeease!
1 year ago

Parading half naked girls at MLAKHO wa A ngulu is Gender Based Violence

5 more months
5 more months
1 year ago

She can’t be serious! She has failed miserably to police DPP cadets against GBV………….Madam calling women derogatory names is gender based violence I case you didn’t know

Tiwone zina
Tiwone zina
1 year ago

You are an accomplice to GBV because you have tolerated verbal abuse, derogatory statements, name calling against women, at the DPP political rallies, ……umagokhala phwiiii osadzudzula ndiye Lero ukuti chain?

Madam
Madam
1 year ago

You have remind silent when men in your party DPP use foul language to describe women and girls with opposing views, until you condemn
them you are a JOKE…… You are an accomplice to verbal abuse that is a form of GBV

Ndatopa
Ndatopa
1 year ago

We see you smiling when Mchacha calls women names at your husband’s political rallies……………hmmmmmmmm

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
1 year ago

Calling women names is verbal abuse and its Genda Based Violence (GBV) can you champion the fight against GBV in DPP, can you stop Mchacha calling women names during Mr Maliseches political gatherings

Dr from Cypress university
Dr from Cypress university
1 year ago

Is gender based violence (GBV) any different from what mchacha has been vomiting ?

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