‘Speak Out’ campaign in Malawi – PEFENAP

Peoples Federation for National Peace and Development (PEFENAP) and CIVICUS Friday conducted a big walk in the city of Blantyre to commemorate the World Peace Day where they launched the Speak Out Campaign.

Part of the parade

The parade which was held under the theme ‘Together for peace: Respect, safety and dignity for all’ was patronized by different private security companies, religious groups and various youth groups.

Speaking in an interview, PEFENAP Executive Director, Edward Chaka said they organized the parade with the aim of empowering people to speak out on different issues which affect them in society.

“Speak Out is a global campaign meant to amplify the voices of ordinary people speaking out to counter repression of fundamental freedoms,”he said.

Chaka explained that PEFENAP partnered with private security companies in the parade because they also contribute in promoting peace in the country together with religious groups.

UK Security Operations Manager, Innocent Manyozo said their company felt honoured to partner with PEFENAP and CIVICUS in the parade noting that apart from the Army and Police, they maintain peace and order in the country through their operations.

He said the country is well known as a peaceful country and Malawians should be proud of that and continue fostering peace.

A member of Malawi United Methodist Church in Blantyre, Susan Manyamba said most Malawians are not fond of speaking out their views when they are being oppressed.

She said through the Speak Out Campaign being advocated on the World Peace Day, Malawians are encouraged to speak out and be heard by duty bearers.

Manyamba encouraged women who suffer through gender based violence to speak out in order to end such problems in Malawi.

The International Day of Peace in observed globally on September 21.

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