Nsanje Chiefs urged to fight against GBV
Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment(FOCESE) programs Officers Dalitso kachiwala says Chiefs have a critical role to eliminate sexual gender based violence against women and girls in communities.
Kachiwala made remarks on Friday when the organization trained Chiefs in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mbenje on their roles related to gender policies and laws that help to end sexual gender based violence.
“The chief forum is there to promote human rights of all. We want you to strengthen monitoring and implementation of sexual gender based violence (SGBV) and sexual reproductive health rights(SRHR) laws, policies and services, including the marginalised groups. Women and girls have been subjected to torture because as leaders we do not stand up for their rights, “She said.
In his remarks, Group Village Headman Anyalandiwo said they will lead in protecting women rights.
“We will be exemplary in providing a safe environment for all, including women. We will work with other stakeholders to ensure we thrive in this initiative, “he said.
Nsanje district gender officer Hope Kahowera said they are committed to end the vice and chiefs are key stakeholders.
The non-governmental organization (NGO) is implementing a project titled creating a free sexual gender based violence in Nsanje with support from spotlight initiative